Anglo-Saxonism and “America First” in United States History

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Fifty and Better Mid-Summer Lectures
Anglo-Saxonism and “America First” in United States History


Anglo-Saxonism and "America First" in United States History

Recently, there have been public calls to restore the U.S.’s alleged “Anglo-Saxon” roots as part of a broader movement to put “America First.” Neither phrase nor the values for which they stand are new. Rather, they have been tied to periodic surges in anti-immigrant nativism and isolationism over the past two centuries. In this lecture, we will explore some of the most dramatic episodes in this history, learn what animated them and reflect on possible lessons for our own time.

Chris Kimball, PhD, served as California Lutheran University’s seventh president (2008-2020) after two years as provost and vice president for academic affairs.

A native of Boston and a historian by training, Kimball completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal before earning master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Chicago. Prior to moving west, Kimball spent 15 years on the faculty at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, the last six as provost and dean. Earlier in his career, he was a faculty member at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. With a specialization in U.S. history, he published and lectured on topics ranging from the history of sport and the history of American cities to trends in higher education.

Registration is required. Cost is $8.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field and to host social engagement activities to individuals age 50 and older in our community.



Register by 3 p.m. Monday, July 19

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