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April 21, 2012 at 10:00am: FDR and the Path to World War II* — What We Know Now that We Didn’t Know Then*

Professor Richard M. Pious – Columbia University

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor; four days later Germany and Italy also declared war on the U.S. Yet America’s involvement in World War II had been predetermined as early as May of 1940 when FDR circumvented an isolationist Congress by making a secret deal with Winston Churchill and the British.


May 5, 2012 at 10:00am: Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision*

Professor Louis Masur situates Springsteen’s music in a broader cultural context. Springsteen is working in a long tradition of American songwriters who have given thought to the meanings of America, and his work connects to some of the most fundamental issues in the culture: the question of community, the place of faith in our lives, the nature of work, the dream of escape, the search for love. We will examine how Springsteen delivers on these themes both lyrically and musically, how his vision has shifted over time, and the role of rock ‘n’ roll as an agent of change

Louis Masur is Chair of the American Studies program at Trinity College and is the author of_ Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision_ (2009). He has also written about Springsteen for Slate, Salon, Backstreets, and other publications.

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