David Hollinger Explores the Returning American Missionaries

David A. Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley, gives the next seminar in the Washington History Seminar, exploring “The Protestant Boomerang: American Missionaries and United States” on Monday, November 15 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center.

American Protestant missionaries were heavily grounded in ethnocentric and imperialist impulses, but many returned to America as advocates of foreign peoples and as agents of anti-racist, anti-parochial, anti-imperialist causes. In one arena of American life after another, missionaries were among the most active in diminishing provincialism and in appreciating cultural diversity.

Click here for a video of his presentation.

David A. Hollinger is the Preston Hotchkis Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and is President of the Organization of American Historians. His books include Postethnic America (1995), Science, Jews, and Secular Culture (1996), and Cosmopolitanism and Solidarity (2006). His recent essays have appeared in the London Review of Books and the American Historical Review.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Reservations are requested because of limited seating.  To reserve a seat at the seminar, contact Miriam Cunningham at 202-544-2422 ext 103 or email.  The seminar takes place at the Wilson Center, located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center. Wm. Roger Louis and Christian Ostermann are the co-directors. The seminar meets weekly during the academic year, January to May and September to December. Click here for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as videos and podcasts. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.