||Professor Dana D. Nelson of Vanderbilt University will present a lecture titled “We have never been anti-exceptionalists” The project of repudiating the exceptionalism associated with the Cold War era founders of American Studies came at the same academic moment as the canon debates — they both started in the mid-1980s.
In the twenty-first century, we’ve thoroughly repudiated American exceptionalism but we’re still glued to the old fashioned canon. And here’s what Prof. Nelson said she started to wonder: Does our inability to let go of the white male canon give the lie to our vaunted anti-exceptionalism?
||Professor Nelson is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English. She is the author of Commons Democracy: Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States (Fordham UP, 2016) and Bad for Democracy: How the President Undermines the Power of the People (U Minnesota P, 2008)
||April 6, 2017
6 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture
||McCord Auditorium of Dallas Hall, Room 0306
||Free and open to the public
| More Info:
||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_D._Nelson and https://as.vanderbilt.edu/english/bio/dana-nelson