Caroline Winterer

Caroline Winterer

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A historian of early America, Caroline Winterer is the Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Humanities Center. She specializes in the transmission of ideas between Europe and the Americas in the era from Columbus to the Civil War. Her publications include American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (2016), The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750–1900 (2007), and The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780–1910 (2002).

Winterer has curated two exhibits: "Ancient Rome and America" at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2010 and "The American Enlightenment" at Stanford's Green Library in 2011. She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and the Spencer Foundation, among others. Her work in digital humanities, which mapped the social network of Benjamin Franklin, was awarded an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution” from the Smithsonian Institution.

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Lectures

  • Are We Rome or Greece? America's Infatuation with Classical Antiquity