Pauline Maier, the William R. Kenan Professor of History, will inaugurate this fall's "authors@mit" series with a talk about her new book, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (Knopf) on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 5:30pm in the Humanities Library.
American Scripture is "arguably, the best book ever written on the Declaration of Independence," according to Kirkus Reviews. "Maier employs superior historiography and political sensitivity to place the Declaration in its original context, and considers what it has become in the context of American political historyï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ It is not simply a historical watermark to be consigned to the past. Its symbolic power, she asserts, needs still to be wielded by those continuing the search for political justice and freedom." (Also see MIT Tech Talk, July 16, 1997.)
The "authors@mit" series is co-sponsored by Humanities and Dewey Libraries and the MIT Press Bookstore. The talks are free, wheelchair-accessible and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jeremy Grainger at x3-5249 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 17, 1997.