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George Packer

American Identity in the Age of Trump: Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring George Packer

Lecture: Lecture Series: Highlight | November 15 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


George Packer, Staff Writer, The New Yorker Magazine

Graduate Division


George Packer will present the Jefferson lecture on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in conjunction with the observance of Constitution Day. The lecture, entitled "American Identity in the Age of Trump," will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About George Packer

A prolific and distinguished writer, George Packer has contributed to numerous journals and magazines, including The New York Times magazine, Dissent, Mother Jones, and Harper’s. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 2003, and has written investigative work covering violence and conflict in Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, and Lagos. Packer is also a nonfiction author whose works include Village of Waiting (1988) and Blood of the Liberals (2000) which won the Robert F. Kennedy Award. His highly-acclaimed book Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq (2005) was awarded an Overseas Press Book Award. His most recent publication, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New American (2013), won the 2015 National Book Award for non-fiction. He is currently working on a book about Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American century.

About the Lecture

The Trump Presidency is a symptom of the fracturing in American society that goes deeper than economics and politics to the meaning of being an American. None of the currently available narratives of national identity point a way out of our failure. Is there another way to think of ourselves as Americans?


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