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IHGC Fall Seminar Series with Deborah Baker: Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism
We are living in a time of rising extremism and increasing polarization around the world. This trend has been accompanied by acts of millenarian terror, generally committed by men who believe themselves and their identities and beliefs to be facing an existential threat. What narrative strategies can be used to dramatize the conflict between those who want to destroy civil society, replacing civic norms with ones in which they are the unquestioned arbiters, and those who seek to protect the status quo? In this seminar we will look at works of fiction and narrative non-fiction that have captured this struggle in all its moral, political, and historical dimensions.


October 26, 4-5pm: The Convert (follows public lecture, “In the Heart of Whiteness; Charlottesville, Modernism, and White Supremacy," from 3-4pm)

November 2, 3-5pm: One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway (Guest Discussant: Emily Gorcenski, American data scientist, “hacktivist,” and protester)

November 9, 3-5pm: American War (Guest Discussant: Omar El Akkad, author of American War)

November 16, 3-5pm: The Plot against America and Defying Hitler (Guest Discussant: Caroline Rody, Professor of English, University of Virginia)
Oct 26, 2020 04:00 PM
Nov 2, 2020 03:00 PM
Nov 9, 2020 03:00 PM
Nov 16, 2020 03:00 PM
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