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Americanist Dinner Forum: 'Faith, Hollywood and Presidential Rhetoric'

Tuesday, October 27 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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One week before the election, join AMCS for our second Zoom-based Americanist Dinner Forum of the fall semester: "Faith, Hollywood, and Presidential Rhetoric in the 2020 Election.” This roundtable discussion will feature Professor Kathryn Brownell, of Purdue University, who is the editor of the Washington Post “Made by History” and author of "Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life," in conversation with Washington University Professors Wayne Fields, author of "Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence"; and Abram Van Engen, author of "City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism" to discuss how Hollywood celebrity, presidential rhetoric and American Exceptionalism have shaped the 2020 Presidential election and beyond. The event will be moderated by AMCS Director Professor Lerone Martin. The conversation will be followed by Q &A with our audience.

This event is free and open to the public. To receive the webinar link please REGISTER HERE.


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Kathryn Cramer Brownell is associate professor of history at Purdue University and an editor at Made By History at the Washington Post. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections between media, politics and popular culture, with a particular emphasis on the American presidency. 

Wayne Fields is the Lynne Cooper Harvey Chair Emeritus of English, American Literature and American Culture Studies, and a noted author and expert on American presidential rhetoric and political argument. 

Abram C. Van Engen is associate professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. He specializes in early American religion, literature and culture, focusing on Puritanism, sentimentalism and the history of emotion. 

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