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Authoritarian Populism and Endangered Democracies

June 29, 2019 at 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

The end of the Cold War led some analysts to believe that the demise of communism in Eastern Europe would ensure a steady expansion of democracy throughout the world. Democratic values and institutions are currently facing new challenges around the globe, however, and this seminar will examine some of the places in which anti-democratic trends are evoking concerns. Interdisciplinary faculty from Carolina will discuss recent events in Turkey, Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Britain and Germany, providing perspectives to interpret the meaning of contemporary “populism,” the appeal of quasi-authoritarian movements, the critique of traditional elites and the threats or opportunities that “populism” creates in different regions of the world. Join Carolina Public Humanities for a comparative historical discussion of why people are turning to new populist ideas and leaders.

Topics include “Religion and Populism in Turkey: Misunderstandings and Misperceptions,” with speaker Eren Tasar, associate professor of history; “Populism, Democracy, Anger and Political Upheavals in Brazil,” with speaker Robert Anderson, Teaching Assistant Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies; “Populism in Europe: From Poland and Hungary to Germany and Brexit,” with speaker Holger Moroff, adjunct professor of political science; and “What’s New and What’s Old in Authoritarian Populism— And Should We Be Worried?”, a panel discussion with the speakers.

Tuition for this event is $125 ($115 until June 4). Tuition for teachers is $62.50. Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending; visit the Carolina Public Humanities website for more information. Discounts are available for Carolina students, faculty and staff. The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

This event is co-sponsored by the General Alumni Association (GAA). For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, visit their website.

Register online or call 919.962.1544.

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location and more about two to three weeks before the program date.


June 29, 2019
9:15 am - 4:00 pm
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Carolina Public Humanities