Dr. Lears is Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University. His work focuses on American cultural and intellectual history, investigating the role of advertising, industrialization, and myth in the modernization of the U.S. Dr. Lears’ work reveals both the costs and benefits that these attributes of society lend to transformative moments in our nation’s history.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM in the Rush Auditorium (J-103)
Reception to follow
Rebirth of a Nation, the Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 (Harper Collins, 2009); Something for Nothing: Luck in America (New York: Viking Penguin, 2003); Fables of Abundance: a Cultural History of Advertising in America (New York: Basic Books, 1994); The Power of Culture: Critical Essays in American history (co-editor, University of Chicago Press, 1993); The Culture of Consumption: Critical Essays in American history, 1880-1980 (co-editor, New York: Pantheon Books, 1983); No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920 (New York: Pantheon, 1981; reissued by University of Chicago Press, 1994; Japanese translation by Shohakusha Publishing, 2011); Essays and reviews in the American Historical Review, American Quarterly, and the Journal of American History; a regular contributor to The New Republic, The Nation, The London Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among other publications and scholarly journals.