Trump, Brexit, racist and nativist violence, political polarization - or paralysis - and economic angst. What will get us out of this? For some answers, attend a panel discussion at NYU's Deutsches Haus.

Sign for polling station. © Paul Albertella
© Paul Albertella

Deutsches Haus at NYU will, on Thursday, Jan. 12, present a panel discussion among Richard Brooks, Arnie Graf, Adrian Pabst, Marcia Pally, and Reverend Eugene Rivers III, on "Post Trump, Brexit, and the AFD: Beyond the Divide That Gave Us These and What We Should Be Doing Instead."

The event is free. To attend, please send an email to or call 212.998.8660. As space at Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews, New York, N.Y.) is limited, kindly arrive 10 minutes prior to the event.

Trump, Brexit, racist and nativist violence, political polarization - or paralysis - and economic angst. What will get us out of this? Our panel holds that it's not just tinkering with the economics that will do it but a revival of our social imaginary - how we think about society and the world. Jumping off the ideas in The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future (John Milbank, Adrian Pabst), panelists from law and philosophy to community organizing will discuss possibilities and action for a better future.

Prof. Richard R.W. Brooks is the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and a visiting professor at New York University Law School.  He has taught also at Yale Law School, Northwestern University, and Cornell University. He holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned his B.A. from Cornell University. Professor Brooks has written extensively on remedies, fiduciary law and contracts, including several editions of the casebooks and edited volumes Contracts: Cases and Materials. His most recent book is Saving The Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Law, and Social Norms (co-author).

Arnie Graf received a BA from SUNY at Buffalo and an MSW from West Virginia University. He was a part of C.O.R.E., The Congress of Racial Equality, during the Civil Rights Movement in the mid 60's. From 1965 to 1967, he spent two years with the Peace Corps in Yengema, Sierra Leone, teaching West African history and English in a village high school. Upon returning home, he taught for two years in the N.Y. City public school system. Arnie Graf worked as a community organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation in Milwaukee and San Antonio and taught at the undergraduate and graduate school of social work at San Jose State. For more than 25 years, he worked with the Industrial Areas Foundation as an organizer, as a national staff person, and as co-director. He was also advisor to the U.K. Labour Party and currently still does advisement for two social and economic change organizations.

Dr. Adrian Pabst is Reader in Politics at the University of Kent, UK, where he also directs the Centre for Federal Studies. He is also a Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University Twickenham and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Science Po), France. His research is at the interface of political theory, political economy and political theology. He is author of Metaphysics: The Creation of Hierarchy (Eerdmans, 2012), co-editor of Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics (I.B. Tauris, 2015), and editor of The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI’s Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy (Wipf & Stock, 2011). Most recently he has published (together with John Milbank) The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016).

Prof. Marcia Pally teaches at New York University in Multilingual Multicultural Studies, at Fordham University, and is a regular guest professor at the Theology Faculty of Humboldt University, Berlin. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum (Davos) and has recently been awarded the Mercator Guest Professorship as well as grants from the German Academic Exchange Service and Thyssen Foundation. Her most recent book is Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality (2016). In addition to her academic work, Prof. Pally has been a columnist in the U.S. and Europe for the past 24 years, writing for Religion News Service, Religion and Ethics, The New York Times, The Guardian, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, among other periodicals.

The Reverend Eugene F. Rivers III has worked on community development, faith-based initiatives, and domestic and foreign policy issues for over 35 years. He advised both Bush and Clinton Administrations on faith-based initiatives and the AIDS crisis in Africa; his violence prevention strategies have been adapted to cities across the world. He has provided commentary for ABC, NBC CBS, PBS, and Fox Television. Additionally, he was featured in a CNN documentary, A Question of Accountability, in three Bill Moyers’ specials, and was the subject of cover stories for Newsweek, Christianity TodaySojourners, and The New Yorker, among others. His work has been covered by The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesNew York Daily News, the Economist, the New RepublicThe Boston Globe, and The Times of London. Reverend Rivers has published articles in the Boston ReviewThe Boston GlobeThe New York Times, the Toronto Globe and MailSojourners, and in numerous books. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, the Bookings Institution, Calvin College, the London School of Economics, Hailie Selassie University, and in over three hundred other venues.


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