Join Gale and our special guest, David (Zdenek) Chroust, Associate Professor and Social Science Librarian at Troy University in Alabama, for a four-part webinar series that 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.
Dr. Chroust will explore the nature and evolution of the American national security state in the past century, and how it may affect prospects for world peace and for international understanding and cooperation in the context of our ethnocentrism. The year 1917 is an obvious starting point, because entry into World War I and the Red Scare motivated the turn to building a national security state in America. Motivations for expanding it then came from World War II, the Cold War, 9/11 and new information technologies. Does the national security state make us and the world safer? Critical voices come from its highest officials: President Eisenhower warned us about our “military-industrial complex” in his 1961 farewell address, and President Carter calls the United States the “most warlike nation in the history of the world.”
Following Dr. Chroust’s presentation we will examine 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 2 of the webinar series, “Create a Culture of Discovery: Examining American Ethnocentrism”
Part 3 of the webinar series will be held on February 21, 2024. Register here.
Part 4 of the webinar series will be held on April 17, 2024. Register here.