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Author, historian Jill Lepore will deliver Clements lecture at UK library Tuesday

By: - September 11, 2023 1:31 pm

Jill Lepore (Courtesy of University of Kentucky Libraries)

University of Kentucky Libraries will welcome essayist, author and professor of history Jill Lepore for the 2023 Earle C. Clements Lecture-Symposium on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Drawing from her book, “The Deadline: Essays,” Lepore will reflect on the relationship between America’s past and its fractious present, exploring such difficult questions as “Why does impeachment no longer work?” and “Why do race riot commissions never fix anything?”

The Clements Lecture will be held at the Young Library Auditorium in William T. Young Library at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and RSVPs are appreciated. “The Deadline” will be available for purchase at the event, and Lepore will sign copies after the lecture.

Lepore is the David Woods Kemper Professor of American History and affiliate professor of law at Harvard University and a longtime staff writer at The New Yorker.

The annual Clements Lecture-Symposium honors the legacy of Earle C. Clements, who served as governor of Kentucky and represented the state in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. The Clements Lecture-Symposium is made possible by the generous gifts of Clements’ daughter, Bess Clements Abell, her husband Tyler Abell, and their two sons, Dan and Lyndon.

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