Friends Across the Pacific: Australia and the United States

GENINT 731.375

Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the similarities and differences between Australia and the United States.


About this course:

Since before Herman Melville described Australia in Moby Dick as that “great America on the other side of the sphere,” Australia and the United States have had a close relationship. In fact, modern Australia may not have been founded but for the American colonists’ victory in the US War of Independence. In this course, we look at fascinating differences and similarities between the two countries–UK origins, political systems, landscapes, arts, indigenous and migrant relationships, and camaraderie in war. Cross-fertilization in ideas as well as traffic across the Pacific will be covered (did you know Errol Flynn came from Tasmania?). Our discussion provides a deeper insight into one of America’s closest international relationships as well as the promise of renewed love for America through an Australian perspective.

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