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White Identity Politics and the 2020 Election – CANCELLED
March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join us for a conversation with Dr. Debbie Schildkraut (Tufts University) who will discuss the political consequences of white identity politics and what this means for the upcoming presidential election.
Debbie Schildkraut received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and her B.A. from Tufts University. Her courses at Tufts University include the Politics of Ethnicity and American Identity, Political Psychology, Political Science Research Methods, Introduction to American Politics, Public Opinion, and Political Representation in the United States.
She is the author of Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Press ‘One’ for English: Language Policy, Public Opinion, and American Identity (Princeton University Press, 2005), and The Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Global Politics (Cengage Learning, 2015, with Ken Janda, Jeff Berry, and Jerry Goldman). Her research examines the implications of the changing ethnic composition of the United States on public opinion in a variety of domains. For more on Schildkraut’s research, see a project summary from the Russell Sage Foundation. She has also published articles in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Political Research Quarterly, Politics, Groups, & Identities, American Politics Research, and Perspectives on Politics. She previously served as an Assistant Professor of Politics at Oberlin College.
Critical Connections and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding are co-convening the discussion series “Understanding the Many Dimensions of White Identity: Politics, Power, and Prejudice,” to explore the history, prevalence, and resurgence of political action based in white identity. This series will examine how white identity has the power to shape violent movements, as well as the root causes, fears, and prejudices that allow white supremacist ideology to exist in its less visible dimensions.
Speakers will analyze the manifestation of white supremacist ideology in recent elections and voting patterns, and the pervasiveness of hate speech in social media—while discussing means to address these trends, including by understanding our communities’ own role in either perpetuating or countering harmful systems and ideologies. Each event will also allow ample opportunity for discussion and dialogue with speakers and among attendees. This series is made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.