Populism in Historical Perspective and in the Age of Trump | Newberry

Populism in Historical Perspective and in the Age of Trump

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Robert Johnston, University of Illinois at Chicago
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Rarely in the last century has the intellectual category “populism” been on the minds of so many pundits and citizens. And rarely has that category more needed genuinely historical analysis. I have led NTC seminars on American populism before, but this session will differ (a) by consciously using the issue of Trump, the politics of resentment, and issue of the white working class to explore current controversies in the use of the term “populism,” and (b) by exploring the global reach of these issues, from Brexit to Venezuela. At the same time, we will explore “populists” (or not?) in the American past. Anti-Federalists? Andrew Jackson? Joe McCarthy? And, of course, the “capital P” Populist late-nineteenth-century agrarian rebels-the prototypical rebels who today seem so easily forgotten.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.