The Origins of Today’s Billionaire-Funded Radical Right and the Crisis of American Democracy

Speaker: Dr. Nancy MacLean, author of the National Book Award Non-Fiction Finalist, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America and William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University.

Booklist calls Democracy in Chains “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” The Guardian said: “It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century.”
Democracy in Chains blows open the doors to the unknown history of the relentless campaign by the radical rich to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize everything from schools to Medicare and Social Security, stop action on climate change, and alter the U.S. Constitution. MacLean traces this game plan back to the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, who forged his ideas in an attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education.

Wednesday, April 4 at 4 p.m.
Oregon State University, The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Hall. Lightly catered. Free and open to all.
Book signing to follow talk







The Nationalist Backlash in Europe

Panel Discussion
Kara Ritzheimer, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Moderator
Philipp Kneis, OSU School of Public Policy,  "The Nationalist Backlash in German Politics"
Keith Baker, OSU School of Public Policy, "Not at all surprising: The Brexit vote in Perspective"
Alison Johnston, OSU School of Public Policy, "More than a minor nuisance: The EU's response to Brexit, nationalism and EU skepticism within its member-states"
Sarah Henderson, School of Public Policy, "President Putin's European Agenda"

Thursday, May 3, 4 p.m.
Oregon State University, MU | La Raza | Room 208
Lightly catered. Free and open to all

Fake News

Panel Discussion

Do we live in an age of ‘alternative facts’ and fake news? What does that even mean? This panel aims to help make sense of recent trends and challenges regarding facts, news, misinformation, and more.


Dr. Tekla Bude, OSU, School of Writing, Literature, and Film   
Dr. Daniel Faltesek, OSU, New Media Communications   
Prof. Finn John, OSU, New Media Communications

Thursday, May 17, 4 p.m.
Oregon State Unversity, MU | Asian Pacific | Room 206
Lightly catered. Free and open to all