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 writer, George Packer has contributed to numerous journals and magazines, including The New York Times magazine, Dissent, Mother Jones, and Harpers. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 2003, writing about foreign affairs, American politics, and books. Packer is also the author of two novels; a play, Betrayed, which ran for five months in 2008 and received the Lucille Lortel Award for best Off Broadway play; and five works of non-fiction. His highly-acclaimed book The Assassins Gate: America in Iraq (2005) was awarded the New York Public Librarys Helen Bernstein Book Award and an Overseas Press Club Book Award. His most recent book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (2013), was a bestseller and won the 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?