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Cowboy imperialism and Hollywood film
What is a Hollywood cowboy and why does he always seem hell-bent on domination and violence? Worse, why do many Americans revere this cowboy figure? On Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Luther College, University of Regina, in room LC 100 at 4:00 p.m., Mark Cronlund Anderson, Associate Professor of History at the U of R will attempt to answer these questions.

Cronlund Anderson will argue that “the frontier myth, America’s secular creation story, glorifies such behavior. Unhinged from empirical reality, the myth has served and arguably still serves as a means to champion aggressive and expansionist US foreign policy, manifest destiny, and American colonialism.” Hollywood film, the subject of this talk, has aided and abetted the process, he says. In addition to his lecture, the event will also celebrate the publication of his new book Cowboy Imperialism and American Film (Peter Lang, 2007).

Cronlund Anderson is Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies at Luther College at the U of R. He has published three other books: Pancho Villa’s Revolution by Headlines (2001), Latin American Narratives and Cultural Identity (Selected Readings) (2004), and Interdisciplinarity and Cross-Cultural Works in North America (2005).

Cronlund Anderson holds a Ph.D. from the University of California. He is presently writing two books: Many 911s, in which he argues that 9/11 was not unique and that such events actually punctuate American history; and a co-authored study with Dr. Carmen Robertson, a visual arts professor at the U of R, entitled Cut and Pasted Indians.

This event is cosponsored by Luther College at the U of R and the Humanities Research Institute. The event is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be served.