The Forum for the Academy and the Public Fall Events Presents: Who Do They Think We Are? American Identity on the World Stage
Join the Forum for the Academy and the Public for a series of panels that will consider the global perception of the United States. In collaboration with the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), international authors and journalists will offer perspectives on the American identity in the 21st century.
This series follows the 2017 symposium "Who Do We Think We Are?" That event considered self-perceptions of the American Democratic ideal in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential election. This year’s series will widen the focus to reflect on the perceptions of our global friends and neighbors.
Each event will be an hour long, beginning with a 15-minute moderated Q&A with our first writer, followed by 15 minutes of audience Q&A. This will be followed by a 15-minute response from
our second writer, then more general Q&A.
The third and final event in the series will be held on December 1st, 11am to 12pm
Jeff Wasserstrom will moderate a conversation on views from Europe. He will be joined by author and foreign correspondent Pallavi Aiyar. Aiyar is a Madrid-based award-winning journalist who has reported from across China, Indonesia, Japan, and Brussels. Professor Wasserstrom will also be joined by Megha Rajagopalan. Rajagopalan is an award-winning international correspondent for BuzzFeed News, based in London. She has been a staff correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in China and Thailand as well as in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and before that she was a political correspondent for Reuters in China.
This special panel will also include a comment by Melissa Chan, a Belin-based national and foreign affairs reporter. Chan has contributed to TIME, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among many others. Both Aiyar and Chan have written for the Los Angeles Review of Books.