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StraightTalk 2019: Nationalist Fervor on the Rise

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StraightTalk 2019: Nationalist Fervor on the Rise

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Registration Type Price Fee Quantity
Entire Series Tickets (General Public)   more info $35.00 $2.74
Entire Series Tickets (OLLI members)   more info $25.00 $2.24
Single Session - Aug 29 (General Public)   more info $15.00 $1.74
Single Session - Aug 29 (OLLI members)   more info $10.00 $1.49
Single Session - Sep 5 (General Public)   more info $15.00 $1.74
Single Session - Sep 5 (OLLI members)   more info $10.00 $1.49
Single Session - Sep 12 (General Public)   more info $15.00 $1.74
Single Session - Sep 12 (OLLI members)   more info $10.00 $1.49

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Nationalist Fervor on the Rise in the U.S. and Europe

StraightTalk 2019 Series, presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Riley Institute at Furman

Thursdays: August 29, September 5 and 12, 2019

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Free for Furman students, faculty and staff. Spouses and community members pay $35 for the series ($25 for OLLI members) I $15 per session ($10 for OLLI members).

For questions, please call 864-294-2998.

We are experiencing a nationalist fervor that is energizing to some but alarming to others. The rise in the U.S. and Europe of populist nationalism is considered by many to be the single-most important political development of the 21st century. The election of Donald Trump, who was sent to the White House on a wave of right-wing populism, England’s Brexit movement, and the rise of the far-right in many European elections point to a phenomenon that is unmistakably tied to white identity, immigration, and demographic change.

Over three weekly sessions, we will look at the rise in nationalist fervor from three distinct points of focus. On August 29, we’ll examine nationalism’s connection to populism and authoritarianism and how this influences our politics and our democracy. On September 5, we will consider how white group identity and changing demographics are having an impact on our politics and our public discourse. Finally, on September 12, we will shift our focus to white nationalism as we hear one man’s journey from heir apparent in the white nationalist movement to critic of the movement’s toxic ideology, false narrative and racist views.

Are we witnessing a moment in time that soon will pass, or are we at the beginning of a new era? Join us as we delve into this topic which greatly affects us as a nation and as individuals.

Session 1 l August 29 l Younts Conference Center

Nationalist Fervor, Authoritarian Rule, and the Future of Democracy

Nationalism comes in various forms, and when it embraces authoritarianism, it can have a negative impact on a democracy.  Are Western democracies strong enough to withstand the force of a nationalist fervor that seeks authoritarian rule as an answer to the many problems that exist without easy solutions?

“Nationalism, Populism, Authoritarianism and Democracy: Making Sense of It All”

Bart Bonikowski, Ph.D., cultural and political sociologist who focuses on the political implications of nationalist beliefs


Retired Army Maj. Gen. Chris Ballard, former deputy director of operations at the National Security Agency and former commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security,will join Bonikowski to discuss what these trends might mean for democracy in the U.S. and Europe.


Recommended Reading: Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright


Session 2 l September 5 l Younts Conference Center

Culture Wars: Multiculturalism and the Future of White Identity

People who identify strongly with their whiteness can feel threatened by shifting majorities. Should conservatives be able to express a sense of loss without being labeled as racists?   How is demographic change transforming Western politics and how should we think about the future of white majorities?

Eric Kaufmann, Ph.D., leading voice on white identity, white majorities, and demographic change

Ashley Jardina, Ph.D., expert on how racial attitudes and group identities influence political preferences and behavior

Khalilah Brown-Dean, of forthcoming Identity Politics in the United States

Recommended Reading: Whiteshift, by Eric Kaufmann, Ph.D. and White Identity Politics, by Ashley Jardina, Ph.D.


Session 3 l September 12 l McAlister Auditorium

Blood and Soil: When Nationalist Fervor is Racism

“Why I Left the White Nationalist Movement”

Derek Black, the godson of David Duke and former heir apparent to the white nationalist movement, will share his story of transformation from leader in the white nationalist movement to outspoken critic of the movement.

Recommended reading: Rising out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow

Have questions about StraightTalk 2019: Nationalist Fervor on the Rise? Contact The Riley Institute at Furman University

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The Riley Institute at Furman University

Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute broadens student and community perspectives about issues critical to South Carolina’s progress. It builds and engages present and future leaders, creates and shares data-supported information about the state’s core challenges, and links the leadership body to sustainable solutions. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. 

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