(1955 ) studied (American) history and international relations. In his new book The Spiegel van Amerika ('The Mirror of America'), he examines - with Hans Veldman the current state of the American society. It's the America the new president will be dealing with after the elections. An America that seems to have changed. It's no longer the land of unlimited possibilities, and that doesn't sit well with the averge American citizen. Post has long been an esteemed expert on America and has often appeared in Dutch media to share his expertise. His main interest lies with the tensions and problems surrounding the civel rights in the Southern States of America. For his books he, amongst others, spoke to Orval Faubus, the governor that denied nine black students entry to their high school in Little Rock in 1957 and pastor Billy Kyles, a current civel rights leader, who was standig next to Martin Luther King when he was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968.(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
A local start for the festival: a public debate for and by citizens of The Hague on the new identity of the inhabitants of this royal city. On the social cohesion of a city that is rapidly changing colour. Is the elder citizens' complaint justified that their city is no longer the same? Is a new local identity emering among the younsters? An evening in co-operation with the Haagsche Courant. Stand-up comedian Sjaak Bral will open the debate with his spoken column. Dutch spoken.