The American Election and the Left
Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Steven Erlanger, Gary Gerstle, Bonnie Greer
Chair: Dr Robin Archer
The US election has seen a wave of authoritarian populism and xenophobia, the first real chance for a woman to win presidential office, and an earlier unprecedented surge in support for an American socialist. Following a campaign marked by intense hostility and polarised appeals, what does the outcome of the election tell us about the prospects for progressives in America and beyond? A panel of leading scholars and commentators will debate the meaning of the campaign and its result.
Steven Erlanger (@StevenErlanger) is the London Bureau chief for the New York Times.
Gary Gerstle (@glgerstle) is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University. He is the author of American Crucible and Liberty and Coercion.
Bonnie Greer OBE (@Bonn1eGreer) is a playwright, novelist and critic. She is Chancellor of Kingston University. Her novels include Obama Music, a reflection on her formative years in Chicago, and a biography of the civil rights campaigner Langston Hughes.