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 Dr John Marciano - Empire As A Way Of Life 9
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Dr John Marciano continues his public seminar series with 'Empire as a Way of Life' .......a monthly lecture and discussion presented until June of 2007. See schedule below: Parenti, Against Empire, Chapters 5 - 8.
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Dr John Marciano continues his public seminar series with 'Empire as a Way of Life' ....... a monthly lecture and discussion presented until June of 2007. See schedule below: Parenti, Against Empire, Chapters 5 - 8. See also Dr Marciano's seminars on Howard Zinn's "People's History"

A fundamental purpose of our meetings is to understand the systemic nature of the U.S. Empire and the economic and military imperialism that is its lifeblood. The historian William Appleman Williams argues that empire became "a way of life" in the U.S., a "combination of patterns of thought and action that, as it becomes habitual and institutionalized, defines the thrust and character of a culture and society." This "way of life" has convinced many U.S. "Americans" they have a right or "manifest destiny" to impose their political and economic policies upon others.


The lecture runs for 43 minutes with discussion following.

Links to references in the lecture:

Chalmers Johnson:
Unwelcome Guests: #344 - Blood from a Rock
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=21623

Andrew Bacevich:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bacevich

Bruce Gagnon:
http://fma7.wordpress.com/2007/06/15/a-10-step-plan-for-anti-war-activists-by-bruce-k-gagnon/

Taylor Branch:
http://www.taylorbranch.com/

Vijay Prashad:
http://www.akpress.org/2007/items/darkernations
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=12629


Dr John Marciano is Professor Emeritus, State University of New York, where he taught courses on social and historical foundations of education and class , gender and race.

Email copies of the notes are available with full text.

Contact Dr Marciano at:
johnmarciano@mac.com

Schedule
September 19: Some historical context on empires and the U.S. Empire: Williams, "Empire as a Way of Life"(article)
October 17: Racism and imperialism: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, "The Grid of History: Cowboys and Indians"
November 21: Foster, "Kipling, 'the White Man's Burden," and U.S. Imperialism"
December 19: Williams, Empire as a Way of Life; Introduction. Chapters 1 - 5
January 16: Williams, Empire as a Way of Life; Chapters 6 - 9
February 20: U.S. imperialism in the Americas: Grandin, Empire's Workshop, Introduction through Chapter 3
March 20: Grandin, Empire's Workshop, Chapters 4-6
April 17: The Brutal Reality of U.S. imperialism: Parenti, Against Empire, Chapters 1 - 4
May 15: Parenti, Against Empire, Chapters 5 - 8
June 19: Summary reflections and a discussion of alternatives: Grandin, Conclusion; Parenti, Against Empire, Chapter 11; Williams, Empire as a Way of Life, Conclusion

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