History Event


"National Identity Crisis: on Starship Earth is America God's Chosen Nation?"
Prof. David Noble, American Studies department

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
1 :30 p.m.
University of Minnesota, Coffman Union, Great Hall
Moderator: Don Olson, KFAI & "Minnesota 8"

David W. Noble is a core member of the American Studies department. He is an historian whose interests include the intellectual history of the discipline of American Studies. He writes about the narratives of major male novelists and historians. Concepts of space and time provide the focus for his analysis of the dominant male Anglo-Protestant culture and for its loss of cultural hegemony since World War Two. This analysis makes its way into his most recent book Death of a Nation: American Culture and the End of Exceptionalism.

Prof. Noble holds a Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison. M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison. B.A., Princeton University

Foremost among his numerous scholarly works are:
Death of a Nation: American Culture and the End of Exceptionalism, 2002 University of Minnesota Press. The Free and the UnFree, 1st ed. 1977, 2nd ed. 1992, 3rd ed. 2001, Viking Penguin, with Peter Carroll. The End of American History, 1985 University of Minnesota Press

Legendary for teaching while dressed as an historical character, e.g., Benjamin Franklin in full colonial attire, Prof. Noble has won numerous teaching awards, among them: College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award, 1980; Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Minnesota, and College of Liberal Arts Scholars of the College, University of Minnesota, 1986.


"It is not an overstatement to say that this book is David W. Noble's magnum opus. Between the covers is a 301-page narrative filled with the provocative ideas, insightful and honest self-reflection, and breadth of knowledge that mark this historian's more than half-century career as a scholar and teacher of the cultural and intellectual history of the United States. Death of a Nation represents the intellectual life cycle of an influential scholar and teacher. ... George W. Bush, for example, would hate this book if he could read it. Those who want to claim the name "American" still want to own the term for a particular people in a specific national landscape." Robert T. Schultz






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