Course Description

IN PERSON: We have often heard that those who fail to heed the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it. Echoes from the past can inform us about the white-hot issues that confront us today. Students will listen to the podcast "Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultraā€¯ and come to class prepared to consider the following factors for the period 1929 to 1940 and how they compare to the same factors for the period 2013 to 2023: a) extremist landscape; b) social, cultural, economic and political determinants of extremism; c) mobilizing issues used by extremist groups; d) profiles of extremist groups; e) media and misinformation; f) politicians and business leader enablers; g) funding of extremist groups; h) government/law enforcement response to extremism; i) interventions to counter extremism. This discussion-based course is for followers of the history and politics of extremism in its many forms. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 10.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Extremism in the U.S. (1929-40): Lessons for Today
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
May 04, 2023 to Jun 08, 2023
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Please note: The only required assignment is to listen to all eight episodes of Rachel Maddow's podcast. A comprehensive, but optional, list of books, other podcasts and YouTube videos is also provided and serves as a buffet of appetizing selections for more in-depth learning. Class notes and topics for discussion during each week's class will be available on the course website for viewing and downloading. Every session will consist of a brief summary of historical facts blended with current events followed by a lively discussion moderated by the instructor.

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