Caroline Winterer: Historian of America's Ideas


Join us for a conversation about the pervasive impact Enlightenment ideas had on early American culture and how that changed the ways Americans pursued happiness in their New World. Caroline Winterer specializes in early American reactions to scientific ideas and Enlightenment attitudes, which raised new questions about plants, animals and rocks but also about politics and religion. It is hard to overestimate the influence of Americans' newly conceived relationship between the present and the past as it spurred far-flung conversations about a better future for all of humanity.

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Caroline Winterer

William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, Stanford University; Author, American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason

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In Conversation with George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates