Authoritarianism and its Challenges to Democracy and Campuses
White nationalists have been legitimated and emboldened by a presidential administration that took office by advancing racist, sexist, homophobic, ablest, and nationalist rhetoric. In August, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists took to the streets in Charlottesville armed with clubs, shields, pistols, and assault rifles, while President Trump expressed indifference. In a move toward political exclusion, Trump has recently called for a ban on transgender members of the military and threatened to remove more than 800,000 young immigrants given amnesty under DACA. Is this the formation of neo-fascism? What can be done to challenge this militant right movement? What is the role of university campuses? Join us for this SJI Teach-In, a panel discussion to more deeply understand this historical moment, its call to action, and the role of the university. With opening remarks from the CWRU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Cyrus Taylor and panelists from Ken Ledford, John Flores and Ayesha Bell Hardaway (CWRU Department of History and Case Western Reserve University School of Law). Moderated by SJI Interim Director Timothy S. Black. Hosted by CWRU Social Justice Institute.
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