Questions of Patriotism

October 28th, 2005 by Adam

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Robert Jensen at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 15. Jensen will speak on “The Case against Patriotism” at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Jensen will argue that patriotism itself, no matter how it is expressed, is morally and politically bankrupt. He says, “Most of the discussion of patriotism in the U.S. assumes that patriotism is a good thing, and focuses on whether certain ideas and activities are, or are not, patriotic. The hopes for a just and sustainable world require us to move beyond patriotism to new ideas about political connections.”

Jensen joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, after completing his Ph.D. in media law and ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media law, ethics and politics. Jensen also is director of the Senior Fellows Program, the honors program of the UT College of Communication.

In his research, Jensen draws on a variety of critical theories. Much of his work has focused on pornography and the radical feminist critique of sexuality. In more recent work, he has addressed questions of race through a critique of white privilege and institutionalized racism.

In addition to teaching and research, Jensen writes for popular media, both alternative and mainstream. His opinion and analytic pieces on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, and race have appeared in papers around the country.

All Sidore events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public at the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center on Main Street in Plymouth.

Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (603) 535-ARTS. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments. For information, call (603) 535-2501.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State in1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.

Series information can be found online at