Global perspective and the United States\u2019 place in the world will be the focus of Finding Our Place: Evolving American Identity, the Wilton Library Association and Wilton Historical Society\u2019s 10th annual scholarly lecture series. Central Connecticut State University history professor and author John Day Tully will kick off this year\u2019s five-part series with his lecture \u2014 American Identity and the \u2018American Century\u2019: How U.S. Foreign Policy in the 20th Century Shaped and Reflected American Values \u2014 on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Wilton Library. During his lecture, Tully will discuss the ways that American foreign relations in the 20th Century were affected by, and also shaped, American values. \u201cThe influence of the United States in the world in the 20th Century has been tremendous,\u201d Tully told The Bulletin. \u201cOur interactions with the world through not only directed actions like war but interactions through diplomacy and economics and social connections has really shaped how the world has developed.\u201d Tully said America\u2019s interactions have also shaped its own internal development. \u201cWhat we consider domestic politics or domestic history has also been shaped by how we interact with the world,\u201d said Tully, who plans to \u201clook at the key moments of some of those interactions\u201d during his scholarly series lecture. Tully said the influence of the United States goes back as far as the founding of the nation. \u201cThe founders, and their different views of what America should be, influenced how they felt the U.S. should interact with the world,\u201d he said, \u201cespecially with Great Britain and France.\u201d In the beginning of the 20th Century, Tully said, the United States felt \u201cspecial and separate.\u201d Not only was it isolated and \u201ckind of geographically protected,\u201d he said, but it also didn\u2019t want to be involved in world affairs. After World War II, Tully said, that changed. \u201cAmericans\u2019 definition of our identity in the world changed dramatically in that we began to see ourselves as a world citizen,\u201d he said, \u201cand all of a sudden, what was happening in other countries became so much more important.\u201d By 1947, the United States became \u201cthe world\u2019s policeman\u201d and Americans\u2019 sense of mission in the world changed dramatically,\u201d said Tully, \u201cand that had drastic implications.\u201d Tully said he will also mention some often underestimated influences on America\u2019s approach to the world during his lecture. For example, he said, \u201cI think what often gets underestimated is how domestic politics and domestic concerns have shaped how the U.S. has approached the world. \u201cI think often we have the sense that our interactions with the world are based on just one set of principles,\u201d he said, \u201cbut, really, how we see ourselves as Americans and how that has evolved over the years has had a real influence on how we\u2019ve seen the world.\u201d Outlook on the future He may be coming to Wilton Library to discuss the past, but, Tully said, he will do so with \u201ca view toward what the future might bring.\u201d With a new presidential administration soon taking office, Tully said, \u201cit\u2019s very hard to tell\u201d what the future holds for the United States. President-elect Donald Trump\u2019s administration seems to be challenging \u201csome very long-standing and bipartisan views about NATO, about alliances, about aid,\u201d he said, \u201cand that was really the foundation of the post-World War II U.S. foreign policy. \u201cIn some ways it\u2019s new, but it\u2019s also going back to a pre-World War II sense of what the U.S. should do,\u201d he said. \u201cWhether that\u2019s good or bad is something that everyone will have to decide, but I think we\u2019re looking at a major break from where we\u2019ve been for the past 60 or 70 years.\u201d Scholarly series This year\u2019s scholarly series will run through April, with the following talks taking place from 4 to 5:30: Feb. 26: Connecticut and the Federal Art Project: Idealism and Identity During the 1930s, with Amy Trout at Wilton Library. March 12: Finding Brass Valley, a Place in Time that Has Almost Vanished, with Emery Roth at Wilton Library. March 26: Navigating the New Digital Landscape of Knowledge, with Julia Adams at Wilton Historical Society. April 2: 9\/11 and America\u2019s World View, with Matthew Warshauer at Wilton Historical Society. Receptions will follow each lecture. There is no charge, but registration for each lecture is required. Information and registration: www.wiltonlibrary.org.