OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Lendol Calder

Portrait of Lendol Calder

Lendol Calder, professor of history at Augustana College, is a specialist in the history of American consumerism and the scholarship of history teaching and learning. The author of Financing the American Dream: A Cultural History of Consumer Credit (1999) and other pioneering studies of the origins of consumer indebtedness, Calder initiated a new subfield of scholarship on the financial arts required of households in consumer societies. Since being named a Carnegie Scholar in 1999, Calder has also worked to advance history teaching and learning. His landmark 1996 Journal of American History essay, "Uncoverage: Toward a Signature Pedagogy for the History Survey," called on teachers of general education history courses to demystify historical mindedness by uncovering historians' basic modes of thought. Calder is currently writing an introductory U.S. history course book that allows students to practice historical thinking while evaluating metanarratives of American history that they will regularly encounter as adults. In 2010 Calder was named the CASE/Carnegie Illinois "Professor of the Year" and his 2013 essay "The Stories We Tell" won the American Historical Association's William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best essay on history teaching.

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