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History Speaker Series, Confronting History: Public Historians and Artists Reckon with the Past

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Are We There Yet? The American Automobile: Past, Present and Driverless

In Are We There Yet?, historian and automotive journalist Dan Albert combines historical scholarship with personal narrative to explore how car culture has suffused America’s DNA.

The plain, old-fashioned, human-driven car built our economy, won our wars, and shaped our democratic creed as it moved us about. Are We There Yet? carries us from muddy tracks to superhighways, from horseless buggies to driverless electric vehicles, documenting “our relationships to cars and through cars and the stories we tell about those relationships.”

Dan Albert is the car critic for n + 1 magazine, a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Michigan.

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies and the Center for Research and Creative Activities. For more information, contact Margo Shea at or 978.542.2610.

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When 8:30pm
Berry Library and Learning Commons, North Campus
4 College Drive, Salem, MA 01970
Faculty Research Reading Room, Second Floor (Room 209)
Margo Shea

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