The Nation in the World: 150 Years of Critical Engagement

AHA Session 56
Friday, January 2, 2015: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Empire Ballroom West (Sheraton New York, Second Floor)
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, The Nation
Freda Kirchwey’s Nation: The War in Europe and Its Aftermath, 1937–55
Sara Alpern, Texas A&M University at College Station
The Nation on Russia
Stephen F. Cohen, New York University and Princeton University
The Nation in the Middle East and South Asia
Juan R. I. Cole, University of Michigan and Informed Comment
The Nation in Latin America and the Caribbean
Greg Grandin, New York University

Session Abstract

Since 1865, The Nation has reported critically on notable international events, individuals, and social movements which have shaped the contemporary world. For 150-years, Nation writers have focused the world’s attention on issues frequently ignored by the corporate media, speaking uncompromisingly against violence and injustice, in opposition to the despoliation of the earth’s resources, and in support of the dispossessed and disenfranchised throughout the globe. Frequently, the views expressed on the pages of The Nation have drawn attention to essential social, environmental, or political exigencies and have, at times, even inspired political and social action that have improved the lives of many of the world’s citizens.      Participants in this roundtable discussion, which will mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of The Nation, will examine critically the magazine’s reporting on historical events in various regions of the world, including the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Russia, and Latin America.

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