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International Seminar Series: The Rise of Donald Trump
Lane Crothers, Professor at the ISU Department of Politics and Government, will present “The Rise of Donald Trump: The Pathologies of Politics in a Global Age”
This talk will address the longer term structural conditions that have shaped the rise (and demise? Or success?) of the Trump candidacy, rather than a more common campaign-based analysis. Trump’s candidacy is the culmination of a confluence of variables ranging from the emergence of social media to the erosion of the great American middle class, and win or lose, candidates like him might become commonplace in our contemporary politics.
Lane Crothers is professor of politics and government at Illinois State University. He is the author of six books, including Globalization and American Popular Culture, now in its third edition, and Rage on the Right: The American Militia Movement from Ruby Ridge to Homeland Security. From August 2015 to May 2016 he served as the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies in the Department of World Cultures at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. His work focuses on the ways the values, ideals and social practices of American political culture shape U.S. policies both in the United States and overseas.
In accordance with the International Strategic Plan, Illinois State University is in the process of developing campus-wide global learning goals. This is an exciting time of growth and change for the ISU community. Comprehensive campus internationalization, as it is called, goes far beyond study-abroad trips and international student recruitment. It includes the expansion of internationally-oriented courses, clubs, dining, housing, civic engagement and other activities at our home campus and affiliated locations. This past Spring, the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) dedicated its International Studies Seminar Series to the topics of Global Learning with a focus on Global Engagement. This Fall, we will examine The U.S. Presidential Election, its Global Implications, and its Comparative Perspectives. The International Studies Seminar Series will be held on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in the Bone Student Center at 100 N. University St., Normal, IL 61761, starting August 31st and ending on November 16th. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are all encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Schmeeckle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 438-2932.
This is part of the continuing International Studies Seminar Series sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs. Small snacks will be served.