David M. Henkin - "The Week" - Eric Slauter

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
David M. Henkin


David M. Henkin will disuss his book The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Make Us Who We AreHe will be joined in conversation with Eric Slauter, Director of the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture. 

Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago‚Äôs Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.

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About the book: We take the seven-day week for granted, rarely asking what anchors 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.

With meticulous archival research that draws on a wide array of sources--including newspapers, restaurant menus, theater schedules, marriage records, school curricula, folklore, housekeeping guides, courtroom testimony, and diaries--David Henkin reveals how our current devotion to weekly rhythms emerged in the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century. Reconstructing how weekly patterns insinuated themselves into the social practices and mental habits of Americans, Henkin argues that the week is more than just a regimen of rest days or breaks from work, but a dominant organizational principle of modern society. Ultimately, the seven-day week shapes our understanding and experience of time.

About the author: David M. Henkin is Margaret Byrne Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. His previous books include The Postal Age, City Reading, and (with Rebecca McLennan) Becoming America: A History for the 21st Century. He lives in San Francisco, CA, and Bozeman, MT.

About the interlocutor: Eric Slauter is the Director of the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture and the author of The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution.  

General discount: The Scherer Center is pleased to offer a 15% discount and free shipping for all purchases of The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Make Us Who We Are made through the Seminary Coop before February 4. Please use coupon code SCHERER. You will not ultimately be charged for shipping, though your credit card will be pre-authorized to cover it. We apologize for the inconvenience.  

Event Location: 
Virtual