DEARBORN, Mich. – Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive journalist Paul Ingrassia will speak on American car culture and how it has both propelled and reflected the American experience, Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in Henry Ford Museum’s Anderson Theater.
The lecture and Q&A session, moderated by Bob Casey, The Henry Ford’s senior curator of transportation, will also include a signing of Ingrassia’s new book, Engines of Change: History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars. This event is free and open to the public, although guests are encouraged to register in advance via Eventbrite.
Engines of Change is a look back at American history and the cultural ties cars have had, and continue to have, in our everyday lives. While focusing on 15 iconic cars of the past, from the Model T and LaSalle to the Mustang and Prius, Ingrassia also looks into the lives of the people who revved up the auto industry, including Henry Ford, Lee Iacocca and Takeshi Uchiyamada.
“For decades, the connection between cars and self-image has been understood and appreciated by prominent philosophers,” said Ingrassia. “Consider the Beach Boys. Their song ‘Fun Fun Fun’ wasn’t so much about the Ford Thunderbird as about the free-spirited teenaged girl who drove one.”
A Pulitzer Prize winner and current deputy editor-in-chief of Reuters, Ingrassia has covered the automotive industry for nearly three decades. He is the former Detroit bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and past president of Dow Jones Newswires.
About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.