KEARNEY – Jason Gilmore will discuss the role American exceptionalism and patriotism play in politics in an upcoming presentation at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
An assistant professor of global communication at Utah State University, Gilmore will present “The Whole World is Watching: American Exceptionalism in the Trump Era” from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 at UNK’s Copeland Hall room 142. The event is free and open to the public.
Gilmore will discuss the origins and historical importance of the notion that America is a shining “City Upon a Hill” and beacon for the rest of the world to follow. He will explore how these ideas have been strategically communicated under both the Obama and Trump administrations.
Gilmore was the recipient of the 2016 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Giraffe Award for innovation and risk taking. He also received the 2016-17 Utah State President’s Faculty Diversity Award for championing issues of diversity and inclusion.
His research examines the strategic creation, dissemination and effects of ideas linked to American national identity – such as American exceptionalism, patriotism, anti-Americanism – that are regularly communicated within and across national borders.
The talk is hosted by the UNK Department of Political Science and English, and sponsored by Thompson Scholars Learning Community.