The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room  { MAP } Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

GUEST SPEAKER:

J. Russell Muirhead

Professor of Democracy and Politics, Dartmouth College

Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. But conspiracists today have introduced something new --- conspiracy without theory. And the new conspiracism has moved from the fringes to the heart of government with the election of Donald Trump. This talk will explain how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy, and what needs to be done to resist it.

J. Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College. He chairs the Department of Government and is co-director of the Political Economy Project. He has authored several books including one that this talk is based on. He has written numerous papers and reviews and does presentations around the world.