The Trump Administration: Political and Historical Implications, An Informal Seminar for Faculty, Staff, Students and Community Members

This reading and discussion group will meet  Wednesdays this spring to examine the Trump administration in its political and historical context.  We will hear short presentations from experts and read articles and book excertps on constitutional law and civil liberties, US history, world history, national security, trade and diplomacy.   See tentative schedule below.

 

Open to faculty, staff, students and community members. 

 

RSVP to attend:  robbieotoole@webster.edu

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

Week 1. Jan 23

Finding Populism

Presenter/Discussion Leader: Steve Miller, Adjunct Professor of History and author of The Age of Evangelicalism: America's Born-Again Years  (Oxford University Press)

Reading: Jan-Werner Müller, “What is Populism?” and Richard Hofstadter, The Paranoid Style in American Politics; Ben Smith and Byron Tau, “Birtherism: Where it All Began,” Politico; Moira Weigel, “Political Correctness: How The Right Invented a Phantom Enemy.”

 

Week 2. Jan 30

What President Trump Can (and Cannot) Do

Presenter/Discussion Leader: Gwyneth Williams, Professor of Political Science

Reading: Andrew Sullivan, “America Has Never Been So Ripe For Tyranny;” Eric Posner, “Are There Limits to Trump’s Power?” NYT

Week 3. Feb 6

Regarding the F-word: The Use and Misuse of Historical Analogies

Presenter/Discussion Leader: Warren Rosenblum, Professor of History

Reading: Hannah Arendt, "On the Nature of Totalitarianism: An Essay in Understanding;"

Normalizing Fascists

 

Week 4. Feb 13

Black Lives and Public Activism in the Age of Trump  

Guest Speaker: Activist and Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch Columnist Sylvestor Brown

Reading: Frederick Douglass, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” Speech, July 5, 1852; W. E. B. Du Bois, “The White Worker;” Carol Anderson, “White Rage,” Washington Post; Donald Trump, “Bring Back the Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!,” New York Post, May 1, 1989.

 

Week 5. Feb 20

Immigrants and Civil Liberties

Presenter/Discussion Leader: Kristen Anderson, Associate Professor of History

Reading: Moustafa Bayoumi, How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America  (excerpts); Mae M. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (excerpts);

 

Note: there will be no meeting the week of Feb 27 due to HPIR’s Overview

 

Week 6. Mar. 6

The New Foreign Policy

Presenter/Discussion Leader: John Chappell, Professor of History

Reading:

 

Note: there will be no meeting the week of Mar 13 – 17 due to Webster’s spring break

 

Week 7 . Mar 20

Gender

Presenter/Discussion Leader: TBA

Stephanie Coontz, The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (excerpt); Nina Burleigh, “The Presidential Election was a Referendum on Gender and Women Lost,” Newsweek.

 

  

Week 8. Mar 27 

Labor and the Economy

Presenter/Discussion Leader: Allan MacNeill, Professor of Political Economy

Reading: TBA

 

Week 10. April 3

Conspiracism and Fake News

Presenter/Discussion Leader: Dan Hellinger, Professor of International Relations 

Reading: TBA

 

Week 11. Apr 10

Globalization and World (Dis-) Order

Presenter/Discussion Leader: Kelly-Kate Pease, Professor of International Relations

Reading: TBA

 

Week 12. Apr 17

The Fate of the Environment

Presenter/Discussion Leader: Amanda Rosen, Professor of International Relations

Reading: Jedediah Purdy, “Environmentalism Was Once a Social-Justice Movement It can be again”

 

Week 13. Apr 24

Gender

Presenter/Discussion Leader: TBA

Stephanie Coontz, The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (excerpt); Nina Burleigh, “The Presidential Election was a Referendum on Gender and Women Lost,” Newsweek.

 

Monday, March 27 at 12:00pm to 12:50pm

More dates through April 24, 2017

H. Sam Priest Center, 104
8270 Big Bend Blvd., 63119

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