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January Tuesday

Virtual Program | Whither Conservatism? The State of the Right


The horrifying events of January 6 represent the culmination of four years of Donald Trump’s assault on American political institutions. Now a new administration prepares to govern, but questions about the future of Trumpism weigh heavily. Has Trumpism replaced conservatism as the dominant ideological alternative to liberalism? What will its legacy be for both conservative politics and a two-party system that depends on a responsible right-wing? The Center for Brooklyn History and Social Science Research Council present a conversation with four leading experts on the American right: Columbia University’s Nicole Hemmer, author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics; Rick Perlstein whose most recent book on American conservatism is Reaganland; The University of Texas’s Tasha Philpot, author of Conservative But Not Republican: The Paradox of Party Identification and Ideology among African Americans; and moderator Jane Coaston, the host of the NY Times podcast “The Argument,” and a former Vox senior political reporter who focused on the American right, the G.O.P, and white nationalism.

Co-presented with the Social Science Research Council


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

7:00 pm

Virtual Program via Zoom Webinar


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    Jane Coaston

    Jane Coaston is host and editor of “The Argument” at the New York Times. As a senior politics reporter for Vox she focused on conservatism, the American right, the G.O.P. and white nationalism. She has been a guest host for “The Ezra Klein Show,” and a regular co-host of “The Weeds.” She grew up in Ohio and worked at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, before joining MTV News in 2016, covering the election. Her work has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and in National Review, The Washington Post, the Ringer and ESPN magazine, among others. She’s a former resident fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, and a roundtable regular on NPR news programs.

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    Nicole Hemmer

    Nicole Hemmer is an associate research scholar with the Obama Presidency Oral History Project at Columbia University. She is author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics and working on a new book, Pitchfork Politics, about conservatism in the 1990s. She is founder of “Made by History” at the Washington Post, co-host of the podcasts “Past Present” and “This Day in Esoteric Political History,” and a columnist for CNN Opinion.

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    Rick Perlstein

    Called “the chronicler extraordinaire of American conservatism,” Rick Perlstein is the author of four books on its history, including Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, Nixonland, which Newsweek called “the best book written about the 1960s,” The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, which Frank Rich in the New York Times called “a Rosetta stone for reading America and its politics today,” and, most recently, Reaganland. His political journalism has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Nation, and The New Republic. A frequent commenter on cable news and historical documentaries, he lives in Chicago, where he serves as president of the board of the 44-year-old progressive magazine In These Times.

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    Tasha Philpot

    Tasha Philpot is an award winning author, advisor, and educator.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Marquette University, and a Master of Public Policy and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  Currently, Dr. Philpot is a Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also affiliated with the Center for African and African American Studies, the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.  Dr. Philpot’s research focuses on the conditions that enable marginalized groups in American society to function in a more democratic system. She has also authored three books, the most recent of which is Conservative But Not Republican: The Paradox of Party Identification and Ideology among African Americans (2017, Cambridge University Press).