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Dr. Lendol CalderDr. Lendol Calder
Professor of History

"Historians are famous for being 'skeptical,' 'critical' beasts. There's a good sort of skepticism and a bad, lazy kind of skepticism. I hope the study and teaching of history has given me the first kind, which one might call 'discernment,'" says Dr. Lendol Calder.

Dr. Calder is one of America's leading historians on finance and cultural history studies. His 1999 book Financing the American Dream: A Cultural History of Consumer Credit propelled him into public success and paved the way for other undertakings, such as the Thrift and American Culture Project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The two-year, multidisciplinary scholarly initiative examines the significance of thrift in American society.

Recently, the American history professor also received assistance from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to pioneer new ways of teaching the college-level introductory history course. He will design and experiment with a new course that replaces "coverage" of historical knowledge with "uncoverage" of the historical thinking that produces historical knowledge. The result of this research will be published next spring.