Sheldon Garon Opens Spring 2011 Washington History Seminar

The weekly Washington History Seminar begins its spring 2011 series with Sheldon Garon of Princeton University on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center.  His seminar is entitled “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves” and is a transnational history of how Europeans, Japanese, and other Asians came to promote saving by means of savings banks, postal savings, and war savings campaigns over the past two centuries. Historically, U.S. policies increasingly encouraged mass consumption and borrowing.  After years of near-zero saving rates and growing household indebtedness, Americans are beginning to save again.  What might we learn from other countries that boast much higher saving rates? This presentation will be illustrated by savings campaign posters from across the world.

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Sheldon Garon is the Dodge Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University and a former Wilson Center fellow.  A specialist in Japanese history, he also writes “transnational history,” examining the flow of ideas and institutions among the United States, Japan, and other Asian nations.  His publications include The State and Labor in Modern Japan (1987), Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life (1997), and forthcoming Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves (Princeton University Press).

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

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center and facilitates the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives Click for the Spring 2011 schedule and topics, as well as links to videos of past presentations. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.