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Susan Wels

Susan Wels is a bestselling author, historian, and journalist. Her book Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner spent fourteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list; it was also a Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today bestseller. Her other books include Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It, Pearl Harbor: America’s Darkest Day, The Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games, Stanford: Portrait of a University, and San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012.

Her work has been praised and published by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, PEOPLE, Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine, the New York Post,, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury-News, and the Daily Express and The Independent in the UK.

A graduate of Stanford University in English literature and journalism, she has a master's degree in history from San Francisco State University.​ She has worked on assignment around the world and served as correspondent on the Titanic Research and Recovery Expedition, reporting daily from the site of the Titanic in the North Atlantic. She and her husband have two daughters and divide their time between the San Francisco Bay Area and their farm in the south of Chile.

19TH Century Religious History

The Oneida Perfectionist Religious Community

May 22, 2023

In 1848, a group of religious perfectionists, led by John Humphrey Noyes, established a commune in Oneida, New York, where they lived and worked together. Women in the community had certain freedoms compared to the outside w…

Guest: Susan Wels