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Lecture on the Yankee and the making of American National Character set for Jan. 17

Monday, January 7, 2013 - 676 hits

Penn State Altoona's Letters, Arts, and Sciences Degree Program will present a lecture by Dr. Stefanie Schäfer titled "The Yankee and the Making of American National Character" on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pond View Lounge of the Slep Student Center.

Schäfer’s talk will focus on the origins and functions of the popular "Yankee" figure in 19th-century culture. From the Yankee’s most commonly known sectional (northern) denomination to its early colonial American origins, Schäfer will share how this character has been used to display and imagine an American national identity.

Schäfer is assistant professor of American studies at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany, and research fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

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