In this sequel to last year’s lively and controversial exploration of the “gentleman/gentlewoman” archetype since classical antiquity, we
will focus on the ways in which the American experience has altered our expectations of this human ideal. The idea of the gentleman
was central to the American experiment from the beginning, and if it sometimes seems like it is nowhere today, it is perhaps because it is
everywhere, hidden in the plain sight of what it means to be American. It lives among us still, if only we know where to look.