Trouble Begins: Genus Americanus – Ghiglione, Karas, and Tham
Mar 22, 2021 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
For the first Trouble Begins at 5:30 lecture of the spring 2021 season, The Mark Twain House & Museum is hosting Loren Ghiglione, Alyssa Karas, and Dan Tham as they talk about their book “Genus Americanus: Hitting the Road in Search of America’s Identity” and their journey to follow in Mark Twain’s footsteps across the United States.
What unites and what divides us? What is the essence of American identity?
Their interviews focused on issues of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status. The timely trip occurred as the United States was poised to replace president Barack Obama, an icon of multiculturalism and inclusion, with Donald Trump, whose white-identity agenda promoted exclusion and division. What they learned along the way paints an engaging portrait of the country during this crucial moment of ideological and political upheaval.