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Last Updated: October 04, 2023

From Ethnocentrism to Reckonings in the American National Security State: Questions and Reflections in the Ukraine Era

Gale and our special guest, David (Zdenek) Chroust, Associate Professor and Social Science Librarian at Troy University in Alabama, present a webinar focusing on ethnocentrism in the “American National Security State” related to the Ukraine Era.

Dr. Chroust discusses how the Ukraine War brings us close to the end of the world again, like the Cuban Missile Crisis did in 1962—but not to any great examination of our own contribution to this disaster. He asks: Does it make sense to think that fault or “evil” are always somewhere else, and not among us? How did we arrive at such an end? (The line between good and evil, wrote Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, is not between nations: it passes “right through every human heart.”) Shouldn’t we take up questions like this when the stakes are so high? And shouldn’t we take care to make ourselves as open-minded as we can before we seek answers to them? His presentation addresses the Ukraine War, ethnocentrism, and American ethnocentrism.

Following Dr. Chroust’s presentation we share correlated research opportunities in various Gale Primary Source collections aiming to widen perspectives and extend critical analysis of the topics explored in the session.

Part 1 of the webinar series, 'Create a Culture of Discovery: Examining American Ethnocentrism'.
This series examines ethnocentrism, the national security state, mainstream media, and reckonings in America to seek better understandings of conflict and of ways toward peace in the world today. The other webinars of this series can be found here:

Duration: 60 Minutes
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