Never mind truth and lies - 'Trumpism' rejects the very idea of making sense

| American studies, Humanities, Philosophy

"There has been much concern over what the Trump era has done for our ideas about truth and falsity, but viewed philosophically, the problem with Trump is something more fundamental still: it's a problem not of establishing truth, but of making sense." Dominic Smith, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee, tries to define 'Trumpism' in an article for The Conversation.  See the full article Useful links Find out more about studying Philosophy at the University of Dundee ...

History students study Camperdown Collection documents in Dundee City Archives

| American Studies, History, Humanities, Students

Nearly two hundred first year History students – all of them taking the ‘Rise of Atlantic Empires’ module at the University of Dundee – visited the Dundee City Archives recently in order to examine materials in the so-called Camperdown Collection.  This unique collection of materials still belongs to the Duncan family, who once owned Camperdown House and Camperdown Park in Dundee.  The students were given access to maps, letters and account books relating to the settlement of New Smyrnea in East Florida in the period 1766-1777.  The Duncan family invested heavily in t...

A Black History of Britain - new BBC series featuring Dr Peggy Brunache

| American Studies, History, Humanities

We are delighted to announce that Dr Peggy Brunache, tutor in History and American Studies at the University of Dundee, will be participating in an event today (1st September) which will be filmed as part of an upcoming new BBC series. ‘A Black History of Britain’ will be a new BBC Two history series, and as part of the filming for this Dr Brunache will be speaking about African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ 1846 speech in Dundee.  Her talk will take place in the same spot in which Douglass once stood and captivated his au...

Dundee student to become Scotland's oldest graduate

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| American Studies, Humanities, Philosophy, Students

At 86 years-young, Alex Stewart will become Scotland’s oldest graduate, and possibly one with the most degrees when he graduates from the University of Dundee today. Alex, who left school at 14, did not return to education until the tender age of 65 when he enrolled on the University’s New Opportunities Course through Dundee College in 1995. Over the next decade, he attained five degrees including ones in Philosophy, American Studies and Town & Regional Planning. In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of all three of his sons who also graduated from Dundee. Alex will be presented with hi...

Dundee Lecturer to uncover unknown American tale

Peggy Brunache
| American Studies, History, Humanities

A University of Dundee lecturer has received funding to tell an extraordinary untold American story. History and American Studies lecturer Dr Peggy Brunache has been awarded this year’s Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. She will use the funding to look into the story of Parker Academy, a multi gender and interracial school founded in 1839 in Ohio. Methodist Reverend Daniel Parker and his wife Priscilla dedicated their lives to building equality in classrooms, at a time when racial segregation and states’ rights for slavery divided the nation.  It was regularly raided by slave catch...