Department: Literary Journalism

Date and Time: February 9, 2018 | 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Event Location: Humanities Instructional Building 135

Event Details

Join the Literary Journalism Program for a master class with Harvard University history professor and
New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore, author of several celebrated works of non-fiction narrative, including 
The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Scribe 2014) and Joe Gould's Teeth (Knopf 2016).

The class will take the form of an informal conversation with Lepore about her writing, with ample time for questions from the audience.  Lepore will discuss how she researches and writes, exploring the connections, differences and blurred lines between history and literary journalism. Lepore will also discuss what constitutes due diligence in journalism versus history.  

Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  Reservations are recommended but not required.  

For more information or for disability accommodations, contact Patricia Pierson (piersonp@uci.edu).  

Co-sponsored by UCI Illuminations and the Forum for the Academy and the Public.  Special thanks to the UC Humanities Research Institute for their support.

RECOMMENDED READINGS (suggested but not required):

1.  Lepore, “The Prodigal Daughter”
The New Yorker 7/8/13

2.  Lepore, “How to Write a Paper for This Class”

3.  Lepore, “Joe Gould’s Teeth” (article)
The New Yorker  7/27/15

4.  A selection from the footnotes to Lepore, Joe Gould’s Teeth (book), (Knopf 2016)
(Please email piersonp@uci.edu to request an electronic PDF of the footnotes)

5.  Recommended:  Lepore, Joe Gould’s Teeth (book)


From The New Yorker:

"Jill Lepore, a staff writer, has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2005. Her books include “The Name of War” (1998), which won the Bancroft Prize; “New York Burning” (2005), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history; “The Story of America” (2012), which was short-listed for the PEN Literary Award for the Art of the Essay; “Book of Ages” (2013), a finalist for the National Book Award; and “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” (2014). Lepore received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 1995 and is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. In 2012, she was named a Harvard College Professor, in recognition of distinction in undergraduate teaching."