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Fairness or Freedom? NZ and the USA

Fairness or Freedom? NZ and the USA

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  • Tue 1 Dec ’15, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama


All Ages

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  • Enrolment Fee: $2.00

Selwyn Community Education, based at Selwyn College, Kohimarama, Auckland.

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With Jennifer Frost, Tuesday 1 December 2015, 7.30 – 8.30pm

When eminent historian David Hackett Fischer published his 2013 comparative history of New Zealand and the USA, Fairness and Freedom, commentators and scholars in both nations took notice. The two nations share a heritage as Anglo settler societies, but their dominant ideals—fairness for New Zealand and freedom for the USA—differ. These contrasting ideals have shaped the development and trajectory of both nations. In this talk, she will discuss the book’s exploration of the two nations’ histories, the discussion and debate surrounding the book’s main arguments, and offer a perspective as a US historian living and teaching in New Zealand.

Jennifer Frost is Associate Professor of History at the University of Auckland. A historian of the 20th century USA, she focuses on social, cultural, and political history, has written books about the 1960s and Hollywood, and co-teaches a course on race in New Zealand and the USA.
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