U.S. Experiencing ‘Age of Polarization,’ Ohio Wesleyan Professor Says

Michael W. Flamm Speaks Before Interfaith Association of Central Ohio

Michael W. Flamm

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University history professor Michael W. Flamm, Ph.D., tells the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio that the United States is experiencing an “age of polarization.”

His address is covered in the Oct. 15 edition of The (Columbus) Dispatch. In the article, journalist JoAnne Viviano writes that the nation’s polarization “has not only created an increased gap between political parties, but also manifested itself culturally, socially, religiously and economically.”

Flamm, who joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 1998, is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar and Fulbright Scholarship recipient. He teaches a broad range of courses on U.S. history from 1877 to the present. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and five books, including “Law and Order: Street Crime, Civil Unrest, and the Crisis of Liberalism in the 1960s” (2005), “Debating the 1960s: Liberal, Conservative, and Radical Perspectives” (2007), “Debating the Reagan Presidency” (2009), and “The Chicago Handbook for Teachers: A Practical Guide to the College Classroom” (2011).

Read the complete Dispatch article.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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