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After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East. Oct. 5, 2015

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After the American Century:
The End of U.S. Culture in the Middle East

Monday, October 5, 2015, at 2:30pm
125 Nolte Center

Free and open to the public

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When Henry Luce announced in 1941 that we were living in the “American century,” he believed that the international popularity of American culture made the world favorable to U.S. interests. Now, in the digital twenty-first century, the American century has been superseded, as American movies, music, video games, and television shows are received, understood, and transformed in unexpected ways. How do we make sense of this shift? Building on a decade of fieldwork in Cairo, Casablanca, and Tehran, and drawing on material from his new book, Brian Edwards maps new routes of cultural exchange that are innovative, accelerated, and full of diversions.

Brian T. Edwards, Professor of English at Northwestern University, teaches and writes about U.S. literature and culture in its international context, globalization and culture, and contemporary literary and cultural production of North Africa and the Middle East. His fields of interest include American studies, Middle East and North African studies, comparative literature, postcolonial and diaspora studies, film, and cultural anthropology. He is the author of Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (2005) and After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East (2015), as well as numerous essays and articles.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Asian Languages and Literatures, English, and French and Italian, the African Studies Initiative, the Institute for Global Studies, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

A workshop will take place on Monday, October 5 at 10 am in Nolte 125. Interested faculty and students should sign up by sending an email to

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