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Just Like Us: The American Struggle to Understand Foreigners
October 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Americans’ ideas of their differences from others have shaped the modern world—and how Americans have viewed foreigners is deeply revealing of their assumptions about themselves.
Just Like Us is a pathbreaking exploration of what foreignness has meant across American history. Thomas Borstelmann traces American ambivalence about non-Americans, identifying a paradoxical perception of foreigners as suspiciously different yet fundamentally sharing American values beneath the layers of culture.
Husker scholar Tim Borstelmann will argue that despite a resurgence of U.S. nativism in the past few years, historical events since World War II have shaped a primarily inclusive perspective among most Americans that these “outsiders,” in their hearts, aren’t all that different.
E.N. and Katherine Thompson Professor of Modern World History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln