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Inaugural Lecture: What made the founders different

The Department of Social Sciences' Inaugural Benjamin Franklin Project Lecture, "What Made the Founders Different," was presented by Brown University Alva O. Way Professor Emeritus of History Gordon S. Wood on Thursday, March 15 in the Hermann Hall auditorium.

  • IIT Social Sciences Chair Christena Nippert-Eng introduces the Benjamin Franklin Project
    IIT Social Sciences Chair Christena Nippert-Eng introduces the Benjamin Franklin Project [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • CSL Dean Russell Betts discusses the impact the Benjamin Franklin Project will have on the IIT Community
    CSL Dean Russell Betts discusses the impact the Benjamin Franklin Project will have on the IIT Community [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • Gordon Wood delivers the Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture
    Gordon Wood delivers the Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • Gordon Wood delivers the Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture
    Gordon Wood delivers the Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • Gordon Wood delivers the Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture
    Gordon Wood delivers the Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • IIT President John Anderson listens to Gordon Wood, the Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecturer
    IIT President John Anderson listens to Gordon Wood, the Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecturer [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • The Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture
    The Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • The Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture
    The Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • Students ask questions following Gordon Wood's Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture
    Students ask questions following Gordon Wood's Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture [photo credit: David Schalliol]
  • Students ask questions following Gordon Wood's Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture
    Students ask questions following Gordon Wood's Benjamin Franklin Inaugural Lecture [photo credit: David Schalliol]

About Gordon Wood

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way Professor Emeritus of History at Brown University. Wood taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Brown in 1969.

He is the author of The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (1969), which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1992), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize. In 2010 he received the National Humanities Medal. Wood is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

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