Edward Berensonon the Angel Clark Show talking about his new book The Statue of Liberty A Transatlantic Story.
Edward Berenson is a cultural historian of modern Europe. He has mostly worked on nineteenth and twentieth century France, but his recent research is comparative and transnational. His study of imperial heroes focuses on Great Britain as well as France, and his new book on the history of the Statue of Liberty brings the United States into the picture. He is currently at work on a history of modern Europe since 1500 to be published by Oxford University Press. Beyond his work on empire and colonialism, Berenson is interested in the history and meaning of celebrity, fame and charisma, having co-authored and co-edited a book on this subject with Eva Giloi of Rutgers University. Another of Berenson’s projects involves the relationship between history and memory, between the social and political uses of the past and the construction of memories in an individual’s brain. He is particularly interested in the memorialization of traumatic events in historical museums, monuments, and other public commemorative sites. In addition to serving as professor of history, Berenson is director of NYU’s Institute of French Studies and NYU director of the Center for International Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, a collaborative project with France’s Centre national de recherche scientifique. He received the American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999 and was decorated by French President Jacques Chirac as Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Merit in 2006. http://history.fas.nyu.edu/object/edwardberenson