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The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy | Walter McDougall

Center for Presidential History and the George W. Bush Library and Museum

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy | Walter McDougall

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Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Walter A. McDougall argues powerfully that a pervasive but radically changing faith that “God is on our side” has inspired U.S. foreign policy ever since 1776. The first comprehensive study of the role played by civil religion in U.S. foreign relations over the entire course of the country’s history, McDougall’s book explores the deeply infused religious rhetoric that has sustained and driven an otherwise secular republic through peace, war, and global interventions for more than two hundred years. From the Founding Fathers and the crusade for independence to the Monroe Doctrine, through World Wars I and II and the decades-long Cold War campaign against “godless Communism,” this coruscating polemic reveals the unacknowledged but freely exercised dogmas of civil religion that bind together a “God blessed” America, sustaining the nation in its pursuit of an ever elusive global destiny.

Walter A. McDougall is professor of history and the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. His numerous books include the 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner The Heavens and the Earth

A light reception will precede the event beginning at 5:30 pm, with the lecture starting at 6:00 pm. 

Parking will be available on the SMU campus. FREE passes will be emailed to registered guests before the event.  Seating is limited, and not guaranteed.  

Professor McDougall's publication of the same title will be available for purchase and signing after the event.   

TEACHERS ONLY -- Please sign in at the registration table to receive continuing education credit.

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SMU Campus, McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall
3225 University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)


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Center for Presidential History and the George W. Bush Library and Museum

The Center for Presidential History at SMU is dedicated to exploring the story and legacy of the nation’s chief executives through cutting-edge research, academic and public forums and production of archival records for future generations through a wide-ranging presidential collective memory project.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum "serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. The Library and Museum accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other donated collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, preserving artifacts, and producing innovative museum exhibits."

   

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