“America’s Fascist Brew; Will America Fail?” is an introduction to the “If America Fails? The Coming Tyranny” webcast series. It features a two-hour online panel discussion where we will share videos from “The Handmaid’s Tale” Hulu TV series and summarize the first four seasons of the show, while exploring key themes. The panel discussion is followed by a one-hour open chat with the audience.
This panel features Dr. Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Professor, Department of Communication, Central Connecticut State University. Dr. Ritzenhoff is a co-editor of The Handmaid’s Tale: Teaching Dystopia, Feminism, and Resistance Across Disciplines and Borders, and many other books.
“If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” examines a fictional story to explore the real potential of the U.S. as a failed state. A new totalitarian society is created in the dystopian world of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It resonates, frighteningly, with the dramatic efforts happening in the United States today—to suppress voting rights, limit a woman’s right to choose, criminalize free speech, distort education, rewrite history, and other threats taking place in the country now. Our Black voice collaborative considers the themes presented by the universally-focused web series, from a Black perspective—relating them to real-life current events—and warns, the time to fight fascism is NOW!