Thursday, December 30, 2010

Daniel Rodgers on the Age of Fracture

[We have the following announcement from our friends at the Wilson Center.]

The United States Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
invites you to a Book Discussion on The Age of Fracture with author Daniel T. Rodgers, Charles Lea Professor of History, Princeton University, and commentators John Judis, Senior Editor, The New Republic, and Michael Kimmage Associate Professor of History, Catholic University.

The Age of Fracture offers a powerful reinterpretation of the ways in which the decades surrounding the 1980s changed America. Rodgers traces the evolution of earlier notions of history and society that stressed solidity, collective institutions, and social circumstances toward a more individualized conception of humanity that emphasizes choice, agency, performance, and desire. On a broad canvas that includes Michel Foucault, Ronald Reagan, Judith Butler, Charles Murray, Jeffrey Sachs, and many more, Rodgers explains how structures of power came to seem less important than market choice and fluid selves.

Wednesday, January 12, 2010, 3:00pm - 4:30 p.m. Reception to Follow. Fifth Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. This is a free public event, but RSVPs are requested. Please respond with acceptances only to usstudies@wilsoncenter.org.

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