If Ben Franklin Had Facebook

May 21, 2016

In the 1700s, how did one create a social network? Professor Caroline Winterer explores how Ben Franklin extended his social network and became one of the most famous Americans of all time.

Caroline Winterer is the Director & Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities at the Stanford Humanities Center and a professor of history and, by courtesy, of classics. Professor Winterer specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. She received fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Mellon Foundation, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Winterer is currently working on Stanford's collaborative Mapping of the Republic of Letters project, digitally mapping major European and American correspondence networks and libraries of the early modern scholarly world (1500-1800).

This Stanford+Connects micro lecture was filmed on location at Stanford University. Stanford+Connects is a program of the Stanford Alumni Association. 

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Stanford+Connects was a 16-city event tour that helped alumni re-experience Stanford (minus the midterms), multiply their networks and stretch their brain in infinite ways.