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“9/11 in History and Memory”

Professor Couvares

Virtual Lecture Series
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
4 p.m. ET

Frank Couvares
E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies

The talk will combine my memories of 9/11, especially of my 20th-Century American History class on the day after the attack, and a consideration of the ways in which historians have interpreted the events of that day and the years immediately thereafter. As the readings below show, they generally extend the time frame to more than a half-century of US engagement in the Middle East.

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Supplemental Reading Material

  1. American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of US Diplomacy (2002)
  2. Chalmers Johnson, Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (2000; the 2004 edition contains “a new introduction on blowback in the post 9/11 world.")
  3. Douglas Little, American Orientalism: The US and the Middle East since 1945 (2002)