What makes something American? To explore this concept, it’s important to look at artifacts and cultural productions of all kinds to see what is American about them. From paintings of the American landscape to modern dance, from Huck Finn to consumer habits, from the Constitution to soap operas, from comic strips to jeans, from fast food to Walt Whitman, from rock and roll to rap – participants will discover what these things share through a dynamic discussion.
Professor & Writer
Early in his career, Michael Rockland was in diplomacy as cultural attache at several American embassies abroad. Transitioning to academia after his time with the embassies, he was a Dean at Rutgers University. He then founded the American Studies Department and went on to be awarded major prizes in teaching and lecturing. Michael is the author of fourteen books, many award-winning, and has a few more on the horizon. He’s also a regular contributor to New Jersey Monthly.