Lowell Lecture

How Storytelling Shaped the History of the World

Date & Time

Jan. 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


First Parish Church in Cambridge
3 Church Street Cambridge, MA 02138
Driving Directions


Martin Puchner chairs Harvard's new program in Theater, Dance, and Media, and is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard. His prizewinning books have ranged from philosophy to theater, to literature and the arts.

Presenting Organization

Cambridge Forum


Mary Stack (director@cambridgeforum.org, 617 495-2727)

Stories are much more than entertainment— they shape our world. They've inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, sparked our understandings of basic political and philosophical concepts, and have given rise to religious beliefs. From Mesopotamia to the moon landing, storytelling and words have shaped the history of the world.

Martin Puchner's latest book,“The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization” examines the tangible importance of works from Gilgamesh to Harry Potter, exploring the impact of the Thousand and One Nights to The Communist Manifesto.