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Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and American National Identity: Conversation with Jack Citrin, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley, August 1, 2007 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation With History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Jack Citrin who is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

  1. Background ... expatriate Russians in Shanghai ... WWII Japanese occupation ... growing up in the camp ... returning to Shanghai ... staying too long ... Hong Kong and Tokyo ... cosmopolitanism
  2. Becoming a Political Scientist ... McGill University ... UC Berkeley ... the Free Speech Movement ... an outsider's viewpoint ... seeking roots ... choosing Political Science ... skills required
  3. Government and the Public Trust ... drawn to questions of citizenship ... rational loss of trust in the 60s ... Proposition 13 and the tax revolt ... becoming a US citizen
  4. The American Identity ... grad-school class with Ernst Haas ... immigration and the backlash to it ... identity conceptions: liberal and cosmopolitan vs. ethnocentric ... multiculturalism's challenge to liberalism ... generational changes of immigrant groups ... linguistic assimilation ... multiculturalism vs. assimilation ... sustaining a common enterprise
  5. Questions of Government ... the myth of exporting democracy ... the Institute of Governmental Studies ... a policy-relevant dimension ... research programs within IGS ... the value of tempered nationalism

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