By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The idea of the United States as an exceptional nation will be the topic of the next Yotie Talks program at Cal State San Bernardino.
“American Exceptionalism & American Identity Past, Present, and Future” will be presented as a brown-bag discussion with university faculty on Thursday, April 19, at the John M. Pfau Library in room PL-4005 from 2-3:30 p.m.
According to the online New World Encyclopedia, “American exceptionalism has been historically referred to as the belief that the United States differs qualitatively from other developed nations because of its national credo, historical evolution, or distinctive political and religious institutions. The difference is often expressed in American circles as some categorical superiority, to which is usually attached some alleged proof, rationalization or explanation that may vary greatly depending on the historical period and the political context. However, the term can also be used in a negative sense by critics of American policies to refer to a willful nationalistic ignorance of faults committed by the American government.”
Faculty from across campus will give brief remarks on a set of topics related to this contentious subject, followed by questions and discussion.
Some themes explored will be:
For more information, contact Jeremy Murray of the CSUSB Department of History at firstname.lastname@example.org.