Unseen: From mystery to privacy




7:30–9 p.m.


Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall


In the first of two illustrated lectures about the relationship between evidence and privacy, Lepore will trace the decline of a medieval, religious conception of mystery, as something God knows and man cannot; the rise of a secular and state-based notion of secrecy, as something the government knows, and the people don’t; and the emergence of an obsession with privacy as essential to the integrity of the self. She will demonstrate the workings of this epistemological transformation through a historical analysis of episodes in American politics, law, and literature, with an eye to urgent contemporary questions about evidence and surveillance.