Thomas Bender talks about his book A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History published by Hill and Wang.
He criticizes Americans for ignoring the historical contributions of other countries, describes how America's concept of its 'exceptionalism' has shaped America's interpretation of history. He also explores historical parallels between America and other nations around the world. After his presentation he responds to audience members' questions.
Thomas Bender is a professor of history at New York University and director of the International Center for Advanced Studies. Mr. Bender received his Ph.D. in 1971 at the University of California.
Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and professor of history at New York University. His work has focused on the history of cities, intellectuals, and academic disciplines, and he has been honored with the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Currently, he is exploring ways of developing narratives of American history, the subject of the La Pietra Report and "Rethinking American History in a Global Age." Most recently, he is the coauthor of "The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century" and "A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History."
Joe Epstein is the former President of The Commonwealth Club's Board of Governors. He is a veteran of over forty years in the steel business. In 1970, he founded Sierra Pacific Steel, a full line steel service center, located in Hayward, California. The Company was sold in 1998. He joined with David Garner to start Sierra Steel Trading, LLC in 2002.
Epstein is the President of Sierra Steel Trading and oversees its on going activities.
Andrew Ross is executive foreign and national editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, and reporting from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central America. Previously, he was an assignment editor for KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, and news director for public television station KQED.
He has also reported for National Public Radio and written for the London Times, Manchester Guardian, Redbook and Good Housekeeping.