[Blueboard] FULBRIGHT LECTURE - OCTOBER 24, 2005

Julie Alampay jalampay at ateneo.edu
Wed Oct 19 14:22:18 PHT 2005

    in cooperation with

    Ateneo de Manila University

    cordially invites you to a lecture on

    "Self-reliance is the key to progress":  The  Paradox of Sovereignty in Philippine and American Nationalisms


    Sharon Delmendo
    Fulbright Exchange Professor, 1995-96

    Monday, October 24, 2005
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Social Sciences Audiovisual Room
    Ateneo de Manila University
    Loyola Heights, Quezon City

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    Sharon Delmendo, Ph.D., is a Full Professor of English at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and was Fulbright Professor of American Studies at De La Salle University Manila from 1995 to 1996.  Her publications include The Star Entangled Banner:  100 Years of America in the Philippines (Rutgers University Press, 2004).

    The book is described by Front List Books this way:  "During a ceremony held in 1996 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of formal Philippine independence, the U.S. flag was being lowered while the Philippine flag was being raised, and the two became entangled.  In The Star-Entangled Banner, Sharon Delmendo demonstrates that this incident is indicative of the longstanding problematic relationship between the two countries.  When faced with a national crisis or a compelling need to reestablish its autonomy, each nation paradoxically turns to its history with the other to define its place in the world.  Each chapter of the book examines a separate issue in this linked history:  the influence of Buffalo Bill's show on the proto-nationalism of José Rizal, who is often described as the 'First Filipino'; the portrayal of the Philippines in an early colonial era American children's book; Back to Bataan, a World War II movie starring John Wayne; a contemporary novel by F. Sionil José: and the U.S. military's retention of the Balangiga Bells, which were taken as war booty during the Philippine-American War.  Ultimately, Delmendo demonstrates how the effects of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines continue to resonate in U.S. foreign policy in the post Cold War era and the war on terrorism."  In its review, the Journal of American History writes:  "Perceiving a bond restrictive of Philippine sovereignty and self-identity, the author labels the two countries' restored accord since 9/11 an imperious renascence instigated by President George W. Bush."

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