Drake University will host historian and author Gordon S. Wood on Thursday, Nov. 5, for a lecture on the purpose of history, with a focus on the life of former U.S. President John Adams.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.
Topics in Wood's presentation will be centered on the traveling presidential exhibit "John Adams Unbound," which includes photo reproductions of many of Adams' books and personal effects. The exhibit opens Oct. 28 and runs through Dec. 11 in Cowles Library.
Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus of History at Brown University. His lecture will be based on his latest book, "The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History."
Before joining the faculty at Brown in 1969, Wood taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1993 for his book "The Radicalism of the American Revolution."
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