Monday, February 14, 2011

In the Shadow of the Blue Ridge

I'll be speaking on Friday at Virginia Tech. My title is "Alexis de Tocqueville and the American Dream," and I'll be focusing in particular on those passages in Tocqueville about American restlessness (particularly the American disinclination to stay put). And yet, when people speak of "The American Dream," they often evoke a vague image of owning a house surrounded by a white picket fence in a wholesome home town. What is it we actually dream about?

“Alexis de Tocqueville and the American Dream” will take place at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the War Memorial Hall 124 (GYM 124) at 11:10 a.m. Go here for more info. And thanks to the good people at I.S.I. for their sponsorship.

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