Dr. Daniel Rodgers, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Emeritus, at Princeton, will be coming to Wake Forest through the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. He will be giving a public lecture on Monday, October 17 at 5:30pm in the Kulynych Auditorium of the Byrum Welcome Center. The talk is titled “Age of Fracture: The Transformation of Ideas and Society in Modern America.”
“Fracture” now seems everywhere in our contemporary United States: in social relations, partisan politics, growing economic inequalities, and enduring culture “wars.” But the “fracture” of our times began in the realm of ideas, as larger ideas of society, economy, selves, and political culture shattered into smaller, more individualistic ones. The phenomenon, which occurred on both the political right and the political left, shapes the world we live in. This lecture, based on a Bancroft-Prize winning book of this title, will tell the story of how that happened and what it means for our present moment.
Dr. Rodgers is a historian of American culture and ideas, and he is the author of four prize-winning books: The Work Ethic in Industrial America, 1850-1920;Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics Since Independence; Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age; and Age of Fracture. Recipient of two awards for teaching excellence and of Princeton’s Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has held the Pitt Professorship of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University. His research has been supported by fellowships from the NEH, the ACLS, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Wilson Center.