Lecturer and Panel to Consider How to Make Sense of Trump’s Election

David Livingstone Smith, author of “Less than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others,” will speak Jan. 19

David Livingstone Smith

David Livingstone Smith

RIVERSIDE, California – The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States promises the rebirth of American greatness to his supporters, and portends the destruction of everything that is great about America to his critics.  How should we make sense of all this?

Philosopher David Livingstone Smith, author of “Less than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others” (2011), will discussThe Politics of Salvation: Ideology, Propaganda, and Race in Trump’s America” on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the University of California, Riverside in Interdisciplinary 1113. The event is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive, at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Smith will draw on theories of ideology and propaganda to dispel confusions about the present political situation, throw light on how it has come about, and consider what the future may have in store. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with UCR scholars Ann Goldberg, professor of history; Armando Navarro, professor of ethnic studies; and Jennifer Merolla, professor of political science.

The event is presented by the UCR Department of Philosophy and the Center for Ideas and Society.

Smith is a professor of philosophy and director of The Human Nature Project at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. His book “Less than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others” won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction, which is presented by The Cleveland Foundation and is the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. The book draws on examples from world history and current headlines to examine why we dehumanize each other.

Among his many books are “The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War” (2007) and “Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind” (2004). He is currently at work on “Making Monsters: The Uncanny Power of Dehumanization” under contract with Harvard University Press.

Smith earned his M.A. from Antioch University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of London, Kings College.

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