Wade Lecture on Anti-Americanism

Owensboro, Ky. (February 21, 2013) – The Kentucky Wesleyan College Wade Lecture Series will present “Why Do They Hate Us? Questioning the Question” with Dr. Alan McPherson on Thursday, February 28, at 7 pm. in Rogers Hall at the Winchester Center. He is the ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He specializes in anti-Americanism and in U.S.-Latin American relations. Dr. McPherson trained at the Universite de Montreal (B.A. 1994), San Francisco State University (M.A. 1996) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2001). The lecture is free and open to the public.


“Now that 9/11 is well over a decade in the past, scholars have thought long and hard about anti-Americanism,” said Dr. McPherson. “Some question the very existence and use of the term. Others question its assumptions: Who exactly is doing the hating? Do they really hate the U.S.? Who is the ‘us’ they hate?”


Dr. McPherson has presented at many venues around the world, and he is the author of several books, including the award-winning “Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations” (Harvard University Press, 2003).


The Robert H. and Alma J. Wade Endowment Fund provides this lecture series and is possible through the generous donation in memory of Dr. Wade and his wife by their son, Dr. Bob Wade, of Louisville. Dr. Wade was pastor of Owensboro’s Settle Memorial Methodist Church from 1938 to 1946 and again from 1958 to 1966. He was deeply interested in the Owensboro area and in Kentucky Wesleyan College, on whose Board of Trustees he served.


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