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Tuesday Noon: Sasha Polakow-Suransky: Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy

October 24 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Hampton Room
1030 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Scripps Presents
(909) 607-8508


In Go Back to Where You Came From, Sasha Polakow-Suransky explains how a recent surge in nativism, populism, and xenophobia, came to be and why the new right has grown so strong in countries that have historically been defenders of human rights and models of tolerance. This climate has already helped propel Donald Trump to the White House, endangered Angela Merkel’s hopes of re-election in Germany, and put Marine Le Pen within striking distance of the Élysée Palace. By combining narrative history, on-the-ground reportage, and interviews with the rising stars of the new right and the intellectuals who have enabled them, Polakow-Suransky shows how xenophobia went mainstream and how the politicians embracing it rebranded themselves as defenders of western liberal values to reshape the political landscape.

Polakow-Suransky is an Open Society Foundations fellow. He was an op-ed editor at the New York Times and a senior editor at Foreign Affairs, and holds a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His writing has appeared in the American Prospect, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, New Republic, Guardian, and Newsweek.

This program is presented in partnership with the Scripps College Humanities Institute.