This information provided by Charles Beeler, intern at SUNY Cortland Communications:
When Girish Bhat, a SUNY Cortland professor of history, looks at the recent U.S. Presidential election, he looks at it from the point of view of the country’s complicated past political relationship with Russia and the earlier Soviet Union.
“Whatever happens with U.S.-Russia relations under Trump, it’s important to understand the complicated history of how America has tried to deal with Russia and earlier the Soviet Union, and whether America’s claim to moral superiority in international relations is as simple and clear as it seems throughout history,” Bhat said.
On Wednesday, Feb. 1, five SUNY Cortland historians, each with very different perspectives on the past, will try to shed light on the recent 2016 U.S. Presidential election by examining history and the implications it may have, on both national and global scales.
The panel discussion, “Making America Great? Historians Reflect on President Donald Trump and the 2016 Election,” takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.
Presented by the History Department and moderated by Chair Randi Storch, five faculty members will share their particular area of expertise for seven minutes in turn and then open up to audience questions and answers.
Panelists and their topics include:
- Girish Bhat: “U.S.-Russia Relations: Back to the Future?”
- Ben DeLee: “America’s Caesar”
- Evan Faulkenbury: “The Long History of Voter Suppression Since 1865”
- Scott Moranda: “Weimar Germany and Trump’s America”
- Luo Xu: “U.S. — China Relations: What is at Stake?”
“The purpose of the panel is to help our students think about how history can help us make sense of our world today,” Storch said. “In order to know where we are as a society and where we want to go, we need to know where we’ve been.”