8:20 a.m., Oct. 5, 2010----Peter O'Brien, professor of political science at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, will discuss questions of European identity during a presentation at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, in Room 103 of Gore Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.
Titled “Fragile Ego: European Perceptions of Islam and America,” the talk is part of the Imagining Global Citizenship speaker series collectively sponsored by the Area Studies Programs at the University of Delaware. Lectures are open to UD faculty and students.
O'Brien's book of the same title has been characterized as a “sweeping, erudite, incisive, pioneering interpretation of European identity formation which demonstrates the profound influence of Islamic civilization -- not to mention America - on western Europe” by S.M. Ghazanfar, professor of economics at the University of Idaho.
O'Brien is also author of Beyond the Swastika, a study of the impact of the legacy of the Holocaust on postwar German immigration policy, as well as many articles on European views of non-Europeans.