Princeton University scholar Jan-Werner Müller will speak about the emergence of populism at a free, public lecture from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in room 103 of Gore Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.
He is the author of the book, What Is Populism? which the Washington Post has described as “the most useful work to comprehend President Donald Trump’s appeal.”
The lecture at UD, “How Not to Think About Populism,” will address the question of how best to understand populism and what structural changes in our modern democracies might have facilitated its emergence.
Müller will then turn to the matter of how professional politicians and citizens at large should deal with the challenge of populism. Finally, he will make some suggestions as to how the structural problems associated with contemporary democracies might be addressed.
Müller studies democratic theory and the history of political thought. What Is Populism? has been translated to more than 20 languages. His earlier books include Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe and Constitutional Patriotism.
The Feb. 12 talk continues a Center for Global and Area Studies (CGAS) lecture series that began in fall semester and will continue with two additional speakers later this spring. For more information, check the events calendar on the CGAS website.
The “Global Populism” lecture series is co-sponsored by UD’s Journalism Program; College of Arts & Sciences-Humanities; Center for Political Communication; School of Public Policy and Administration; and the departments of Anthropology; English; History; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Political Science and International Relations; and Sociology and Criminal Justice.
Article by College of Arts and Sciences Communications Staff February 07, 2018