Abram Van Engen, Professor: Origin Stories

Abram Van Engen is a professor of English at Washington University in STL, Executive Director of the Carver Project, and the author of 2 books. The second and most well-known is titled "City on a Hill, a History of American Exceptionalism."

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Abram Van Engen is a professor of English at Washington University in STL, Executive Director of the Carver Project, and the author of 2 books. The second and most well-known is titled “City on a Hill, a History of American Exceptionalism.” By way of disclaimer, Abram and Dan both wrote these on the Puritans, and nerd out about that on this episode from time to time. They also talk in-depth about Abram’s book “City on a Hill” and this idea of American exceptionalism, which may not immediately feel like it has bearing on your own vacation or work. But as you listen, we invite you to take note of the idea of an “origin story.” Consider how you think about your own history. What “origin story” do you tell about your own career, and how does that shape the way you see yourself and your work?

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