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Award-Winning Author Alan Brinkley Discusses 'American Century' for SNC

September 13, 2002

[ Alan Brinkley Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Dr. Alan Brinkley, the Alan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, teaches in the field of twentieth-century American history and is currently the history department chair at Columbia. Brinkley will speak as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan on Thursday, Sept. 19. The lecture will be held in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room at 7:30 p.m.

In his lecture, entitled "The Idea of an American Century," Brinkley will address the reconceptualization of American nationalism in the decades after World War II and explore how new ideas of nationalism have reshaped both foreign policy and the American culture. An award-winning author and essayist, Brinkley's published works include The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People and The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War. His current projects include a biography of Henry R. Luce.

Brinkley has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard (1987) and the 1983 National Book Award. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation, a member of the editorial board of the American Prospect, a member of the board of directors of the New York Council for the Humanities, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A 1971 graduate of Princeton, Brinkley received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1979.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 17th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free and open to the public. More information is available at http://snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.