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Authoritarianism: What Must We Know? What Can We Do?

February 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

- Free

Join us on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. for a discussion of authoritarian threats to democracy and what has worked in the past to defeat these threats. The evening will feature Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University.

The presentation by Prof. Ben-Ghiat will be followed by a moderated question and answer period. Questions for the speaker may be submitted in advance of the meeting to questions@lwvcc.org

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a historian and commentator on authoritarianism and propaganda. She is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other fellowships, and Advisor to Protect Democracy. She is a regular contributor to CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets. She publishes Lucid, a newsletter on threats to democracy. Her latest book, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present (2020, paperback with new epilogue on Jan. 6, 2021), looks at how illiberal leaders use propaganda, corruption, violence, and machismo – and how they can be defeated.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact events@lwvcc.org if you need assistance or have comments before or after the forum.

Note: At the request of the speaker, the recording of this event will not be available to the public.


February 17
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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