Lectures

How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard

How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard

Lecture by Jill Lepore BI ’00, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard and a staff writer at the New Yorker. Her biography of Benjamin Franklin’s sister, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Her latest book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, will be published in October. 


Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she also has a secret history. In this illustrated lecture, Lepore lifts that veil of secrecy to reveal that Wonder Woman’s past lies at Harvard and Radcliffe. 

Signed copies of  The Secret History of Wonder Woman are available at both the Harvard Bookstore and the Harvard Coop.

Wonder Woman disguised as Holliday College student. Courtesy of the Library of American ComicsWonder Woman disguised as Holliday College student. Courtesy of the Library of American Comics

 

 

Jill Lepore. Photo by Dari MicheleJill Lepore. Photo by Dari Michele