The Department of History and American Studies is pleased to announce the fourth and final lecture of the Fall 2018 lecture series, “Washington and Moscow: Capitals of the Cold War Past and Present?” Prof. Andrew Friedman (Haverford College) will present his lecture, “Covert Capital: U.S. Empire, Northern Virginia and the Suburban Cold War.”
Abstract: The capital of the U.S. empire in the Cold War was not a city. It was an American suburb. This talk chronicles how the CIA and other national security institutions created a U.S. imperial home front in the suburbs of Northern Virginia after World War II, anchoring a new imperial culture and social world, and making U.S. geopolitics through the routines and spaces of everyday suburban life.
The lecture is open to the public and will be held Tuesday, November 27, 6pm in Monroe 346. Professor Friedman is author of Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013).