Press Release: Michael Kimmage, The Abandonment of the West

Media Contact: 
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council
860-388-9241, info@secwac.org 

Michael Kimmage presents “The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 28 via Zoom

Waterford, CT (October 12, 2020) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Michael Kimmage is to speak on US foreign policy at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, via Zoom. The virtual presentation is free for members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required.

“The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy,” the title of his 10/28 presentation, based on his book of the same name, takes up a key concept in American foreign policy – the West – and traces it from the 1890s to the present. The West has long inspired and troubled Americans. It speaks to the high ideals of liberty and self-government, and it is entangled in some of the deepest and most controversial questions of American identity. And, indeed, the West is on the ballot in the 2020 presidential election.

Signed copies of the book may be purchased from Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, at this link: https://www.banksquarebooks.com/SECWAC2020-3.

The presentation is part of the SECWAC 2020-2021 Speaker Series – Kimmage is our Quarterly Colloquium Keynote for Q4. Register in advance at https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-3960333.

ABOUT MICHAEL KIMMAGE

Michael Kimmage is a professor of history at the Catholic University of America. He writes and teaches on American history, the history of the Soviet Union, and on American and European literature. In addition to books on the Cold War and on Philip Roth, he has written for the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and the New Republic. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST CONNECTICUT WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL (SECWAC)

SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange at least 8-10 meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings present a range of topics in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomatic history, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.  SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations.

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CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Michael Kimmage on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Free for members; $20 for guests. Annual membership of SECWAC is $85, $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students and educators; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details). Registration is required in advance.

NEXT MEETING on November 18th: Marissa Turnbull, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, will speak on “Indigenous Rights in the 21st Century.” Learn more here.

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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.