The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: America first and American fascism

20 Jun 2020, 11:00 - 11:10

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The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.

As ongoing protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States are met with militarised police action, tear gas, the National Guard, and threats of military intervention from representatives of the Trump administration and U.S. Congress, many observers are asking if this is what American fascism looks like. It is a question the Trump campaign itself raised when it decided to revive a forgotten political slogan, "America First" in 2016. In this 10-Minute Talk, Sarah Churchwell offers a brief history of "America First" and answers the perennial question of American fascism: can it happen here?

Speaker: Professor Sarah Churchwell, Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professorial Fellow in American Literature, IES, School of Advanced Study University of London and Director, Being Human Festival.

10-Minute Talk:America first and American fascism

Please note that there will be no audience Q&A after this event. After the talk, you will be able to explore the rest of the ready-to-watch content for the Saturday of our Summer Showcase on our YouTube channel.

Organised in partnership with the Being Human Festival– the UK’s national festival of the humanities

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