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Is this The Beginning of History? Conversation with John Walcott '71

Fri, April 5th, 2024
4:15 pm
- 6:00 pm

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The return of rightwing populism in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, the war in Ukraine, a Middle East that top intelligence officers call “more combustible” than they’ve ever seen, along with social media, artificial Intelligence, a new Gilded Age and evaporating public trust in the institutions of democratic governance are fueling anger, polarization, fear and danger. Paraphrasing Francis Fukuyama, is this the beginning of history? How should we make sense and write about our current times? What should we keep in mind as we analyze these regional and global trends? What can be done to restore sanity — and what role can Williams play in that effort?

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