2012 Attwood Lecture with Lewis Lapham

Lewis H. Lapham delivered the 2012 William Attwood Memorial Lecture, History as Natural Resource and Applied Technology: Uses of the Past, on Sunday, March 18, at New Canaan Library. Mr. Lapham is the editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, a periodical that explores a different theme in each issue, linking history to the present with articles by today's pre-eminent scholars and writers.

Formerly Editor of Harper’s Magazine, Lapham is the author of numerous books, including Money and Class in America, Theater of War, Gag Rule, and, most recently, Pretensions to Empire. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Lapham was educated at Yale and Cambridge. His great granfather, Lewis Lapham, who built the Waveny estate in New Canaan, was a founder of Texaco.

The William Attwood Memorial Lecture honors a longtime New Canaanite, William Attwood. In the course of his career he helped define the times as well as shape the causes in which he believed. By enabling the Library to present distinguished speakers the annual lecture honors Bill’s memory and his lifetime interests in journalism, government, literature and politics.

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