"The Week: A History" with David Henkin

Date: February 3, 2022 at 7pm EST
  • American Antiquarian Society
  • 185 Salisbury Street
  • Worcester, MA
  • 508-755-5221
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Presented By: American Antiquarian Society

This online event is free, but registration is required. You will be sent an email with a link and instructions on how to join the event upon registration.

We take the seven-day week for granted, rarely asking what produces it or what it does to us. Yet weeks are not dictated by the natural order. They are, in fact, an artificial construction of the modern world, and the primary timekeeping unit to which people in the modern world have anchored their rhythms, their schedules, and their perceptions of the flight of time.

In conversation with Scott Casper, historian David Henkin will discuss his newest book, The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Made Us Who We Are, in which he attempts to use newspapers, restaurant menus, theater schedules, marriage records, school curricula, folklore, housekeeping guides, city directories, personal correspondence, courtroom testimony, and diaries to reconstruct the weekly rhythms that emerged in the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century and to explore how weekly patterns insinuated themselves into the social practices and mental habits of Americans.

David Henkin has taught the social and cultural history of the United States at U.C. Berkeley for the pasttwenty-five years. His books, which include City Reading (1998), The Postal Age (2006), and Becoming America (2014, 2021, with Rebecca McLennan) were all enabled by research at the American Antiquarian Society. Born in Paris, raised in New York, he has spent most of his life in San Francisco.

  • Emily Klamm
  • American Antiquarian Society
  • eklamm@mwa.org
  • 508-471-2131
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