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Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

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Professor Ira Katznelson
December 4, 2013
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EST)

Professor Ira Katznelson
Professor Ira Katznelson

Political scientist and historian IRA KATZNELSON is noted for his research on the liberal state, inequality, social knowledge, and institutions, primarily focused on the United States. In his most recent book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, he asserts that during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued yet distorted by a unified band of Southern lawmakers who safeguarded racial segregation as they built a new national state to manage capitalism and assert global power. Katznelson has taught at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the New School for Social Research. He is currently Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia. A book signing will follow his Forum.

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