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Book Party: Inventing the Egghead

Inventing the Egghead book cover

Join the American Studies Department and celebrate the publication of Assistant Professor of American Studies Aaron Lecklider’s first book Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture.

"Ranging across popular culture from Coney Island and Tin Pan Alley to WPA posters and science fiction, Aaron Lecklider's lively and astute exploration of twentieth-century Americans' vexed relationship with 'brainpower' stands as an important complement and corrective to Richard Hofstadter's classic Anti-Intellectualism in American Life."—Steven Biel, Harvard University

"From Einstein to the WPA to Oak Ridge, this investigation of popular understandings of 'brainpower' offers a fresh take on the culture and politics of twentieth-century America. Deeply researched and persuasively argued, Lecklider's book is a model of interdisciplinary American Studies scholarship. "—Anna Creadick, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.