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The Brendan Gill Lecture

The Brendan Gill Lecture

The Brendan Gill Lecture, an annual public event presented at no charge to the larger Bronxville community, is one of many programs the Conservancy offers to increase the awareness of the village’s history and appreciation of its culture. The event honors former Bronxville resident, Brendan Gill, who has been called “the greatest public citizen of our time in the realm of architecture, planning, and historic preservation.”

2020 Brendan Gill Lecture Featuring Award-Winning Author Jill Lepore

Friday, March 6, 2020

Contact or call 914-961-6790 to register for this free lecture.

Annual Brendan Gill Lecture a Bronxville Tradition

Harvard University professor and author of the bestselling These Truths: A History of the United States, Jill Lepore will present the Annual Brendan Gill Lecture of Friday, March 6th, 8 pm at Sarah Lawrence’s Reisinger Auditorium. This free lecture is open to the public and presented each year by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy as a gift to the community. Register at or call 914-961-6790.

Lepore joins an illustrious roster of previous Gill speakers including Mo Rocca, Stacy Shiff, the late Cokie Roberts, Jon Meacham, and Michael Beschloss, among others.

A staff writer at The New Yorker, Lepore has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and joined the Harvard History Department in 2003. In 2012, she was named Harvard College Professor, in recognition of distinction in undergraduate teaching.  She has written on a variety of subjects, from politics and history to literature, the rise of robots and automation, to superheroes.  Her book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, was a prize-winning bestseller which one critic called a “lively, surprising and occasionally salacious history.” Her new book, IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, will be published in 2020.  In it Lepore argues that facts were replaced by numbers which have since been replaced by data, with consequences not only for how we know what we know but for how we form (or dismantle) political communities.

Her essays and reviews have also appeared in The New York TimesThe Times Literary SupplementThe Journal of American HistoryForeign Affairs, the Yale Law JournalThe American Scholar, and the American Quarterly. Three of her books derive from her New Yorker essays: The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death (2012), a finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in NonfictionThe Story of America: Essays on Origins (2012), shortlisted for the PEN Literary Award for the Art of the Essay; and The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle for American History (2010).Lepore grew up in West Boylston, Mass., where her father was a junior high school principal and her mother, an art teacher. Before moving to Harvard, she taught at the University of California-San Diego from 1995 to 1996 and at Boston University.  She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.

2019 | The 21st Annual Brendan Gill Lecture to feature Award-Winning Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley discussing President John F. Kennedy and the 50th Anniversary of America’s Race to the Moon.

Presidential Historian and Award-winning author Douglas Brinkley presented the Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s 21st annual Brendan Gill Lecture on June 7 at the Bronxville High School auditorium. Brinkley captivated the crowd with stories from his new book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. Published in April by Harper in time for the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Brinkley’s book is a NY Times bestseller with critics proclaiming the book an “exciting narrative,” “compelling and comprehensive.” Brinkley’s presentation to a packed house confirmed his talents for scholarship and story telling.


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