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Jill Lepore: Jane Franklin’s Spectacles

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Historian Jill Lepore tells the story of Benjamin Franklin’s long-forgotten sister, Jane, and meditates on what it means to write history not from what can be found, but from what has been lost. Presented by the [American Repertory Theater](https://americanrepertorytheater.org/) and [Revolutionary Spaces](https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/) .

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and chair of Harvard's History and Literature Program. She is also a staff writer at *The New Yorker *. Her most recent book, *New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan* (Knopf, 2005), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History; winner of the New York City Book Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Award; and an ALA Notable Book. She is also co-author with Jane Kamensky of the novel, *Blindspot* (Spiegel and Grau, 2008). Photo courtesy of Nina Subin.