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BrainBox S2 EP12

Time in American Life


In our December BrainBox episode, we will talk with cultural historian Dr. Alexis McCrossen about what New Year’s celebrations, advances in timekeeping technologies, conflicts over the meanings of weekends and holidays, and other aspects of time can tell us about American history and culture.

About our guest:

Dr. Alexis McCrossen is a professor of history at Southern Methodist University. Dr. McCrossen is a cultural historian of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and her research interests include the history of timekeeping, religion, technology, cities, and business. She is the author of the books Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday, published in 2000, and Marking Modern Times: A History of Clocks, Watches, and Other Timekeepers in American Life, published in 2013. She is also the editor of and a contributor to Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States-Mexico Borderlands, published in 2009.

Dr. McCrossen is currently working on a book entitled Time's Touchstone: The New Year in American Life, which will be published by the University of Texas Press. The book will examine the White House's annual New Year's Day reception, New York's Times Square extravaganza, and Watch Night services, among other observances of the new year. This research is supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is also the federal funding body for Oklahoma Humanities.

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