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Lecture: “What Is This ‘White’ in the White Working Class? Before and after the Election of Trump.”

Monday, 09 April, 2018

The Department of American Studies will host renowned scholar David Roediger, Ph.D., for a lecture on Monday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m., “What Is This ‘White’ in the White Working Class? Before and after the Election of Trump.” The talk will be held in Room 142, Adorjan Hall.

Roediger is the Foundation Distinguished Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas, where he teaches and writes on race and class in the United States. His recent books include Class, Race, and Marxism; Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All; and How Race Survived U.S. History; and The Wages of Whiteness and Working toward Whiteness.

Roediger’s April lecture will consider how, in coming to terms with the 2016 election results, many commentators have blamed, or credited, the “white working class” for Donald Trump’s victory. Others have argued that not paying attention to white workers’ grievances cost Democrats the election. In the light of the longer history of race and class in the U.S., Roediger sorts though these diagnoses, asking what can be learned from election results and whether the very idea of a “white working class” is a productive one.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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