Join Gale and our special guest, David (Zdenek) Chroust, Associate Professor and Social Science Librarian at Troy University in Alabama, for the conclusion to a four-part webinar series examining 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 reckoning as a concept and as a form of activism, and discuss its uses and prospects today, when the Ukraine war divides and endangers the world. In the 1960s, the need for peace and justice inspired millions of Americans to create the cultures of protest and thought that led to reckonings with racism and militarism in our country. Yet now, in July 2023, the British Guardian, in an essay not untypical of our journalism and public discourse today, brings us “warnings” from Western officials “against the true Russian mentality.” Should we accept in silence this kind of rhetoric from people who can lead us into a nuclear war? Can an entire nation of people in the world have a “mentality”? Should we perhaps seek to better understand our own mentalities, before we make truth claims about the “mentality” of others?
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 4 of the webinar series, “Create a Culture of Discovery: Examining American Ethnocentrism”