Authoritarian and Anti-Authoritarian Movements
Recent decades have been characterized by the emergence of large-scale social movements on both the left and right sides of the political spectrum. To name just a few, on the left are a plethora of movements such as the “Arab Spring,” “Indignados” in Spain, the unrest in Iran, and here in North America Occupy, Black Lives Matter and Water Defenders. On the right are the resurgence of Neo-Fascist parties in Europe, “Bolsonarism” in Brazil and white and Christian nationalisms and insurrectionist Trumpist groups at home. There is no doubt that this is an extremely turbulent historical period. In this session, two experts, one who studies the right, the other a veteran of and keen observer of anti-authoritarian movements, compare notes and discuss what history might teach us about what we progressives might expect from the collisions of these dueling dynamics in our own era. With: Professor Lawrence Rosenthal, founder of Berkeley’s Center for Right Wing Studies; and Howard Besser, renowned Professor of Film Studies at NYU and creator of the Howard Besser Program for Anti-Authoritarianism and Social Movements at Berkeley. Moderated by: Minoo Moallem, Gender & Women’s Studies professor and Director of Media Studies at UC Berkeley.
Berkeley Ballroom, Residence Inn
April 8th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm
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