UC Berkeley's Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements presents:
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This conference will bring together leading scholars, along with several journalists and political commentators, to discuss and debate the emergence and implications of the "Tea Party Movement" in the wake of Obama's election. Much has been made of the Tea Party Movement in the media however there is little, if any, scholarship on it. This conference, which features historians, political scientists, sociologists, and race and gender scholars, is intended to begin to fill this gap.
Key questions that the conference will address include: Is the "Tea Party Movement" (TPM) a new social movement, an emerging political party, a media-driven construction, or something else? What are the origins, ideology, and constituencies of the TPM and how were they formed? What is the relationship between the TPM and the Right, especially the GOP and the Christian Right, in the U.S., and what role will the TPM play in shaping the 2010 and future elections? How do race, class and gender factor into the TPM's message and membership? How are TPM activists tapping into and/or managing the populist, libertarian, and radical currents on the Right, as well as fear, anger and resentment among segments of the American public? What significance does the TPM hold for the future of American politics?
This conference is free, wheelchair accessible and open to the public. For more information, please contact the conference organizer, Dr. Christine Trost: ctrost AT berkeley.edu.
Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, the Sociology Department, the Gender and Women's Studies Department, the Haas Diversity Research Center, the Townsend Center for Humanities, the Center for Race and Gender, the Center for the Study of Social Change, the American Cultures Center, and the Berkeley Undergraduate Political Science Association.
8:30 - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction of Key Note Speaker
Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California, Berkeley
9:15 - 10:30 am Keynote Address "The Tea Parties Now"
Rick Perlstein, Journalist and Author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of American Consensus
10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee Break
Christopher Parker, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
Ruth Rosen, Professor Emerita of History, University of California, Davis; Visiting Professor of History, UC Berkeley
Clarence Lo, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia
David Weigel, Political Reporter, Slate, and MSNBC contributor
Debra Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Jack Citrin, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies & Heller Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
12:15 - 1:30 pm Lunch Break (lunch on your own)
Martin Cohen, Assistant Professor of Political Science, James Madison University
Alan I. Abramowitz, Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Peter Montgomery, Senior Fellow, People for the American Way
Bill Whalen, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Eric Schickler, American Politics Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
3:00 - 3:15 pm Coffee Break
Lisa Disch, Professor of Political Science and Professor of Women's Studies, University of Michigan
Charles Postel, Associate Professor of History, San Francisco State University
Chip Berlet, Senior Analyst, Political Research Associates
Devin Burghart, Vice President, Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights
Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, University of California, Berkeley
4:45 - 5:00 pm Closing Remarks (begins at 1:30:00)
Christine Trost, Program Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements, and Assistant Director, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley