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Colin Woodard: American Nations/American Character

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Americans are more polarized than in nearly any point in modern history - and as this election-cycle reveals, calls for “civility” and presidential “leadership” aren't likely to change that. With his latest book, American Character A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good, award-winning journalist Colin Woodard (author of American Nations, A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of America), follows up on these ideological rifts with a look at how best to reconcile individual liberty with the maintenance of a free society.

Colin Woodard is an award-winning author and journalist. He is currently State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram, where he was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist and received a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is also a contributing editor at Politico and writes for Washington Monthly and The Chronicle of Higher Education and reviews books for the Washington Post. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than 50 foreign countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. In 2014 he was named one of the "Best State Capitol Reporters in America" by the Washington Post and Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association.

Cosponsored with Portland First Congregational United Church of Christ's Oliver Lectures series.

A reception and book-signing hosted by Broadway Books follow the talk.


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