Professor Christopher Vials comes to Charter Oak Cultural Center to present his lecture “White Nationalism beyond Trump: The U.S. Right, The White House, and Neo-Fascism in Europe”
This talk outlines how neo-fascist movements in Europe have directly influenced not only the language and ideas of the “alt-right” in the United States, but also the Trump White House. After briefly reviewing the history of fascist currents in the United States, it will cover the contemporary “identitarian” movement and the ideology of ethno-pluralism, and end in a discussion of what shape a white nationalist war rhetoric might take. A founding premise of the talk is that white nationalism should be seen as a long-term fixture of modern politics, one that will almost certainly outlive the Presidency of Donald Trump.
Christopher Vials is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, where he also serves as the Director of American Studies. Among other works, he is the author of Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States (2014) and co-editor of The U.S. Antifascism Reader (forthcoming with Verso Press, 2019). He has appeared on NPR, PBS, the CBC, and other regional, national, and international media to discuss the topic of fascism in the United States.