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Last Updated: September 25, 2023

Create a Culture of Discovery - From Ethnocentrism to Reckonings in the American National Security State: Questions and Reflections in the Ukraine Era

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. This first webinar event will focus on ethnocentrism in the “American National Security State” related to the Ukraine Era.

Dr. Chroust will discuss 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. During this session he will address the following: 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?

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 1 of the webinar series, 'Create a Culture of Discovery: Examining American Ethnocentrism'

September 27, 2023, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)

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