(Orange City, USA, 1963) - child of an American father and a Dutch mother earned his PhD on studying the cultural change in the Netherlands during the 1960s. Since 2003 he lives in the Netherlands, where he - first as a professor at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and now as the dean of University College Utrecht specialized in the history of the Netherlands after World War II. When Kennedy was traveling through the United States in 2015, he saw that the increasing popularity of Donald Trump many Americans was an eyesore. He then thought it very unlikely that there would ever be a president Trump.(2016)
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11 Days before the presidential elections in the USA we imagine 'Trumpland'. In 2015 Donald Trump announced that he would run for the presidency of the United States of America. Where at first his announcement wasn't taken very seriously, there is no way of ignoring him now as a serious contender for one of the most powerful jobs in the world. How unreal is the idea of USA as Trumpland? James Kennedy, American historian, Willem Post, media commentator on American politics, and Markha Valenta (American Studies at Radbout University) will discuss this with the Dutch journalist Sjoerd de Jong (NRC Handelsblad).
What does it say about the United States that all the other Republican candidates were defeated by Donald Trump? What are the implications of his candidacy and what are the consequences if he becomes the new occupant of the White House?
An evening in English.
Curated by Liliane Waanders - Writers Unlimited