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New Resource for Scholars - Rare audio and video recordings of John Birch Society

ISSI’s Center for Right-Wing Studies recently added a collection of rare audio and video recordings to its archival holdings. Transferred from their original format to CDs and DVDs, the collection includes recordings of workshops, lectures, films, spot ads, and other educational materials used by the John Birch Society in the 1960s and early 70s to recruit new members and promote right-wing causes. Dr. Christine Trost, CRWS Program Director, and Kelly Jones, UCB undergraduate research assistant, developed a detailed finding aid for scholars to use to search the collection. Read more about the collection and download its finding aid here.

From the Tea Party to the Alt-Right

CRWS Chair Lawrence Rosenthal talks to KPFA's Philip Maldari about the rise of the Alt-Right and its connections to the Tea Party. (Rosenthal's interview begins at 1:06:11.)

The White Nationalists & the Populists

CRWS Chair Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal reflects on whether white nationalists will lead populists to abandon Trump. "The central question for the future of American politics is whether the populists remain in the Trump, America-first voting bloc with the white nationalists." Read more here.

The alt-right, Antifa and 'Trumpism'

Gina Daly interviews CRWS Chair Larry Rosenthal about the rise of Trumpism:  "Anti-semitism, KKK, neo-Nazis...[who] were beyond the pale in national politics...were mobilized in a way that took them by surprise, and they - what we now call the alt-right - became part of Trump's constituency." Read more here.

Lawrence Rosenthal on President Trump's Charlottesville remarks.

Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, Chair of CRWS, breaks down President Trump’s latest remarks on Charlottesville, including Trump’s use of “alt-left."

Video now available of CRWS symposium: "Anxious Democracy: The First Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency"

This one-day symposium focuses on the first hundred days of the presidency of Donald Trump from perspectives including legal, historical, sociological, and policy analysis. Our aim is to begin academic conversations and develop analyses of how the Trump administration and the movement and ideology it represents relate to social, economic and political transformations in the United States and around the world. Scholars from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area academic institutions will speak on implications and effects of the administration's foreign and domestic policies, as well as the legal questions surrounding its agenda.

Click here and click on a panel title to view video of the conference.

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"The Nationalist Revolution of 2017" - Lawrence Rosenthal examines how alt-right nationalism has moved into mainstream U.S. politics

"The alt-right is not going to go away; there is no putting the genie back in the bottle. This is true if for no other reason than the movement's media presence. The alt-right is the spawn of social media in much the same way as Fox news was the spawn of cable television." Read more here.

Global Social Movements: Left and Right

University of California, Berkeley

June 14-16, 2017

Sponsored by the Global Studies Association.

Featured Keynote Speakers: Carl Boggs, Grace Chang, Eve Darian-Smith, Barbara Epstein, George Katsiaficas, Doug Kellner, Philip McCarty, Carlos Munoz, Ruth Needleman.

Sponsored by the Global Studies Association of North America; UC Berkeley Co-sponsors: Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Center for Right-Wing Studies, Center for Research on Social Change.

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"Strangers in Their Own Land" - Arlie Hochschild's New Book on Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology, UC Berkeley, examines the "deep story" behind support for the Tea Party in her new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.  "In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground with the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children."

Read Jason DeParle's NYT review of the book here.

Watch a videorecording of a Berkeley Sociology Forum featuring Hochschild's book.

New book on the Islamic State by Brian Fishman

CRWS affiliated scholar and Counterterrorism Research Fellows at the New American Foundation, Brian Fishman, has a new book out, The Master Plan: Isis, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory.The book offers an incisive narrative history of the Islamic State, from the 2005 master plan to reestablish the Caliphate to its quest for Final Victory in 2020.

Brian will give a talk based on his new book at a CRWS colloquium on Thursday, February 2, 4-5:30pm in the Wildavsky Conference Room at ISSI (2538 Channing Way).

Read more about the book here.


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