John Connelly, professor of History at the University of California Berkeley, will speak about the history of nationalism and racism on March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. Connelly will begin with the European political and social history of nationalism and racism, and the warning signs we are witnessing in the United States.
While many differences exist between the U.S. and Nazi Germany, populist, nationalist, racist and militaristic impulses seem alive and well. Connelly will look at how the Nazi party philosophy gained a foothold in German society and offer suggestions on how we can keep fear and scapegoating from taking precedent over civil rights.
The program is sponsored by the Samuel R. "Bud" Shorstein Professorship in American Jewish Culture and Society, the UF Center for Jewish Studies and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.