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Richard W. Leopold Lecture | Anne Applebaum

When: Thursday, October 8, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Contact: Francesca Petty   (847) 467-4172

Group: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 1:00 PM CT
Livestream | Free and open to the public

Pulitzer Prize winning historian, journalist and commentator on geo-politics, Anne Applebaum examines the challenges and opportunities of global political and economic change through the lenses of world history and the contemporary political landscape.

Informed by her expertise in Europe and her years of international reporting, Applebaum shares perspectives on, and the far-reaching implications of, today’s volatile world events. And as technology allows a new scale of media manipulation to authoritarian governments and changes the tenor of political discourse, she scrutinizes the misinformation, propaganda, and criminal exploitation that influence global affairs, as well.

In July 2020 Penguin published her new book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism – in this work, she outlines eloquently why elites in democracies around the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism.

A short Q&A session will be held at the end of Ms. Applebaum's talk, moderated by Medill Professor and contributing writer for The New Yorker, Peter Slevin. Questions may be submitted ahead of time at this webform.

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