Join Betsy Hartmann for a talk based on her latest work, “The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War, and Our Call to Greatness.” In this thought-provoking, big-idea book, Hartmann sheds light on a pervasive but largely ignored theme that shapes the American mindset: apocalyptic thinking, or the belief that the end of the world is near.
Tracing our nation's fixation with doomsday from the Puritans to the present, Hartmann makes a compelling case that apocalyptic fears are deeply and negatively intertwined with the American ethos. She shows how apocalyptic thinking has contributed to some of the nation's biggest problems, such as inequality, permanent war, and the exploitation of natural resources. Hartmann encourages readers to reclaim human agency: by changing the way we think, we just might change the world.
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