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Education Professor published in Polish journal

An Education Professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has had an article and book review published in the inaugural edition of a political science journal based at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.

Dr. Tomasz Herzog, UMPI Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, was published in Polish Political Science Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal that invites contributions from all the major subfields of political science, including international relations, party politics, comparative politics, political theory, media and journalism studies.

Herzog’s article, Empire of Illusion? America’s problem with contemporary public discourse, is among eight articles that appears in the journal. Also featured was a review he wrote about Meira Levinson’s book No Citizen Left Behind from Harvard University Press.

His article argues that “a strong sense of exceptionalism that has informed the national character of the United States over the last two centuries has also resulted with some negative, domestic and international, implications.” Herzog suggests that education should play an instrumental role in improving the quality of public discourse, and building civil society.

“This article discusses the delicate line between patriotism and nationalism. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of who we are and where we come from, but it’s important to take the outside world into consideration,” Herzog said. “I look at this topic from two perspectives, as a foreigner living in the U.S. and as a social scientist. I hope this contribution to the ongoing discussion about public discourse in democratic societies and national identity provides readers with a thought-provoking look at the subject.”

Polish Political Science Quarterly consists of articles in the field of political science by authors from both the Polish academic community as well as foreign contributors. It is addressed mainly at the scientific centers of political scientists from both domestic and foreign institutions.

For more information about the topic, please contact Dr. Herzog at tomasz.herzog@maine.edu.