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A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Lloyd S. Kramer

February 23, 2013

Over the past three centuries, American politicians, intellectuals, and artists have turned to Europe as a source of inspiration. As travelers, exiles, tourists, and critics, Americans have journeyed across the Atlantic, using their view from abroad as an opportunity to critique Old World cultures by praising American mores, or alternately finding in the cafes and museums, parlors and parliaments of Europe much to be admired and imitated. The result of these travels and reflections was the forging of a new and distinctive American identity. In a series of three talks, historian Lloyd Kramer will consider these travelers century by century. The framework guiding our own travels will be the evolving sense of American selfhood – forged on European shores.


Lloyd S. Kramer is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also serves as chair of the History Department. He has been teaching European and trans-Atlantic history at Chapel Hill since 1986. He is a past recipient of both the Johnston Teaching Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. He is the author of several books, including Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions and Nationalism in Europe and America: Politics, Cultures, and Identities since 1775.


Americans in 18th-Century Europe: Writers, Diplomats, and the Emergence of a New National Identity

Americans in 19th-Century Europe: Artists, Travelers, and the New Conception of Selfhood

Americans in 20th-Century Europe: From the Lost Generation to Postmodernism

Time and Cost

11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013. The tuition is $125 ($110 by January 30). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 30). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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