Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

Stanley and Arlene Ginsburg Lecture Series

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

December 12, 2016 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm | Center for the Study of America and the West

About the Event

photo.mcdougall-83x110In his latest book, The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest,  FPRI’s Walter McDougall examines the grand sweep of U.S.. diplomatic and military history through the lens of what he calls America’s civil religion – our own non-sectarian faith with a shifting catechism. How have Americans’ views of our national purpose changed over time, and how has that shaped American foreign policy? McDougall will explore these questions in a wide-ranging talk not to be missed. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1987 book The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age and has also written critically acclaimed books on American history and the history of American foreign policy. A veteran of the Vietnam War, McDougall received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and is Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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“A book remarkable for its depth, breadth, and intellectual daring.” – Kirkus Review

 


Venue

National Liberty Museum

321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19106


Registration

Reservations are required.

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Free for Members of FPRI (and spouses) at the $100 Level; $10 for Non-Members.

Dinner immediately following exclusively for Bronze Partners of FPRI.


Speakers

Walter A. McDougall

Walter A. McDougall - Walter A. McDougall is the Ginsburg-Satell Chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West. He is also the Co-Chair of FPRI’s Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute, Chairman of FPRI Board of Advisors, and sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis. He is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.