@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG @AtwoodSociety Strongman expert @ruthbenghiat brings her expertise to chat on race matters & @HandmaidsOnHulu. You’re invited! Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat is live on Thurs., Feb. 10 at 8 pm ET, w/ “If America Fails?” on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, for our discussion on race & ethnicity in The Handmaid’s Tale & relationship to current challenges to democracy. #DemocracyMatters
Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of Italian and History, New York University | Arts & Sciences, will join “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny” – Lessons from The Handmaid’s Tale, on Thursday, February 10, 2022, 8 pm ET, we are pleased to announce. This evening we delve into Race & Ethnicity – how these characteristics are depicted in the TV show, and the role they have played in the agenda of strongmen.
Dr. Ben-Ghiat has taken a deep-dive into the world of authoritarian rulers, and most recently published Strongmen: Mussolini To The Present (2020). So you can begin to see why we are so very pleased to have this opportunity to speak with her, as we consider how race and ethnicity are being used (and could be used in the future) in current efforts in the U.S. to destroy democracy as we’ve come to know it. Certainly we will share more on her work in the weeks to come – but now’s a great time for you to begin crafting questions to help us shape our conversation with the professor, expert on authoritarianism, and leading #DemocracyDefender – Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat. — LMO
WATCH Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of Italian and History, New York University | Arts & Sciences– LIVE – Thursday, February 10, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when she joins “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” in discussion on Race & Ethnicity evoked by The Handmaid’s Tale and modern American culture.
“Any society can be susceptible to strongman figures if it’s the right time,” says Ruth Ben-Ghiat.
Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, is a historian, educator and commentator “on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda — and the threats these present to democracies. As author or editor of [seven] books, with over 100 op-eds and essays in CNN, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post, she brings historical perspective to her analyses of current events. Her insight into the authoritarian playbook has made her an expert source for television, radio, podcasts, and online events around the globe,” according to her website. Her most recent publication in Strongmen: Mussolini To The Present (2020).
Dr. Ben-Ghiat also maintains a blog on Substack – Lucid – where she writes and chats about current threats to democracy in America and abroad, and interviews other prominent voices in this arena. She is a historical consultant for film and television productions; a big fan of electronic music; and a yoga practitioner. “Ruth Ben-Ghiat… specializes in male menace. What interests her is the manufactured drama of world-historical strongmen—their mannerisms, speech patterns, stagecraft, and mythomania,” wrote Jon Blitzer of The New Yorker. Follow her Twitter feed @ruthbenghiat. — If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR | February 10, 2022, 8 pm ET | Guest Panelist Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of Italian and History, New York University | Arts & Sciences | If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny | TruthWorks Network