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The “alt-right” tapped into decades of discontent and burst into public view during the 2016 election cycle. It is shaped by a mix of white nationalism, reactionary masculinity, and mocking resentment of bourgeois pieties. This lecture examines the alt-right in relation to the “Old Right” and “New Right” of the 20th century, the longer history of American political culture, and right-wing populism in Europe.

About the Speaker

Will Katerberg is professor of history at Calvin College. His academic interests include the North American West, the history of religion and science, and radical and extremist politics in the United States since World War II.

Co-sponsored by the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.

This talk is part of monthly history colloquia series. These lectures are open to the Calvin community - students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends - and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Come early to enjoy refreshments and conversation, and feel free to ask questions or join the discussion at the end.

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