The First Debate Over American Imperialism-This Event is at Capacity

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:47pm -- lwhite

This event is at capacity, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call our circulation desk at 401.847.0292.

The 2017 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series concludes on Wednesday, May 24 when best-selling author, Stephen Kinzer brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond in his new book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire. Revealing a piece of forgotten history, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the twentieth century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans. It horrified others. Their debate gripped the nation. The country’s best-known political and intellectual leaders took sides. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst pushed for imperial expansion; Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint. Only once before―in the period when the United States was founded―have so many brilliant Americans so eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity.

Stephen Kinzer is the author of The Brothers, Reset, Overthrow, All the Shah’s Men, and other books. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as The New York Times’ bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as The Boston Globe’s Latin America correspondent. He is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University and writes a column on world affairs for The Boston Globe.


A wine and cheese reception is held at 5:30 pm, followed by the salon at 6:00 pm. Free for members; $10 for non-members. Seating is limited; call 401-847-0295, ext. 112 for reservations or register online below.


This spring’s Salon Series is generously sponsored by our Community Partner, MICHAEL HAYES.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm