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September 19, 2011 - June 15, 2012
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Fate of the American Dream


New York, NY

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7pm

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Traveling Seminar in New York, NYA group exploration co-facilitated by Evergreen Faculty Member Nancy Koppelman '88 and Yale Faculty Member Matthew Jacobson '80. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Programs and the Evergreen Alumni Association.

Program Overview

The American Dream embodies the idea that each citizen has the same freedom to pursue prosperity and success. The current economic crisis—unemployment at more than 9 percent (and double that number among some demographics), housing foreclosures in the millions, and the growing costs and diminishing returns of higher education—suggests that the American Dream isn’t what it used to be. Or is it? Dreams are stubborn, even in the face of realities to the contrary. Join two Evergreen alumni who are now professors of American history in a seminar that looks back at, examines the present state of, and questions the future of the American Dream.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012
7:00–8:00 pm Reception
8:00–10:00 pm Seminar
Location: Council Room, The Yale Club of NY, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Limit of 25 Seminar Participants
$20 per person
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Yale Club Dress Code
The Club's dress code policy is business casual. Business casual dress consists of professional and tasteful clothing you would wear in your workplace. For men this includes: blazers or sport jackets (optional), collared shirts (dress shirts, button downs, golf shirts), turtlenecks or sweaters (including cardigans), tailored trousers (dress slacks, khakis, corduroys) and loafers or laceup shoes with socks. For women this includes: shirts (collared) or blouses with sleeves, turtlenecks, sweaters and sweater sets, skirts or tailored pants, and flats, pumps or boots. Please visit the Yale Club website to learn more. 

Seminar Host

Brett Redfearn '87, Americas Head of Market Structure Strategy, JP Morgan Chase

Seminar Facilitators

Matthew Frye Jacobson '80Matthew Jacobson

Matthew Frye Jacobson is Professor of American Studies, African American Studies, and History at Yale University. His teaching interests are clustered under the general rubric of race in U.S. political culture, including imperialism, immigration and migration, popular culture and the juridical structures of U.S. citizenship. He received his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University in 1992, and is the author of What Have They Built You to Do? The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America (with Gaspar Gonzalez, 2006); Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America (2005); Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917 (2000); Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (1998); and Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States (1995). He is currently at work on Odetta's Voice and Other Weapons: The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History and a multimedia documentary project on the Obama presidency and political life in contemporary America.

Nancy Koppelman '88, Faculty Member, The Evergreen State College
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Nancy has taught broadly interdisciplinary programs at Evergreen for nearly 20 years. Her areas of interest include the history of technology, ethics, literature, philosophy, American pragmatism, and labor and consumer culture and history. She graduated from Emory University in 1999 with a Ph.D. in American Studies; her doctoral dissertation was entitled, “One for the Road: Mobility in American Life.” She has worked as a consultant for the Teaching American History project and The National Faculty.

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The goal of the Traveling Seminar Series is to bring together members of the extended Evergreen community to rekindle the joy of intellectual exploration.