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"[A]n important book that shows how American Jews struggle with and express their identities on a global scale."
- Publishers Weekly
"A timely meditation on issues of universalism and particularism in American Jewish life."
- Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History
How do American Jews envision their role in the world? Are they tribal—a people whose obligations extend solely to their own? Or are they prophetic—a light unto nations, working to repair the world by helping and supporting all the people in it?
The Star and the Stripes is an original, provocative interpretation of the effects of these worldviews on the foreign policy beliefs of American Jews since the 19th-century. Michael Barnett argues that it all begins with the political identity of American Jews: as Jews committed to their people's survival; as Americans supporting the principles of liberalism, religious freedom, and pluralism. This identity and search for inclusion form a political theology of prophetic Judaism that emphasizes the historic mission of Jews to help create a world of peace and justice.
Dr. Barnett will be speaking about his new book and theory and answering questions. Books will be available for purchase and there will be a signing following the program.
General Admission: $15
General Admission + Book: $35
Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University. His research interests include the Middle East, humanitarian action, global governance, global ethics, and the United Nations. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of International Organization. Professor Barnett's current research projects range from international paternalism, the changing architecture of global governance, to the relationship between human rights and humanitarianism. Professor Barnett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the recipient of many grants and awards for his research.