A panel of experts takes on the seemingly inescapable rise of populism in the U.S. and Europe, and the increasing threat it poses to multi-cultural and cosmopolitan societies.

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The Rise of Populism

      Deutsches Haus at NYU – at 42 Washington Mews, New York, N.Y. – will present a panel discussion among Cigdem Ipek, Christian Martin, Jeffrey Goldfarb, and Richard Brooks, and moderated by Marcia Pally on "The Rise of Populism: Reasons and Responses" on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

     Given the recent, seemingly inescapable rise of populism in the U.S. and Europe, and the increasing threat it poses to multi-cultural and cosmopolitan societies, this panel will engage with important questions focusing on the reasons behind the changes in political culture, the role of political correctness and religion, and how to formulate a democratic response to the situation at hand.

      Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited; please arrive ten minutes prior to the event.

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).

Jeffrey Goldfarb
is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. He is also the editor of Public Seminar. His work primarily focuses on the sociology of media, culture and politics. Jeffrey Goldfarb received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1976. Recent publications include Reinventing Political Culture: The Power of Culture Versus The Culture of Power, (Polity Press, 2011), The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and Civility And Subversion: The Intellectual In Democratic Society, (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Çigdem Ipek is a Berliner of Turkish descent. She holds a degree in Social Sciences from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and studied abroad at the New School University’s Graduate Faculty in New York City. Her areas of interest include migration, integration, and identity, as well as education and employment policies. Her professional experience was shaped by a range of diverse employers: the Berlin Senate and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, in addition to NGOs and freelance projects. Today, Çigdem Ipek is a staff member of the Chancellery and serves as a desk officer at the Office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees, and Integration.

Christian Martin is the Max Weber Chair of German and European Studies at NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Kiel (Germany). He holds a doctorate from the University of Konstanz. Before joining NYU, Christian Martin was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute in Jena, an assistant professor at the University of Hamburg, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. His current research project is on backlashes against globalization and EU integration.

Marcia Pally teaches at NYU 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, Professor Pally has been a columnist in the U.S. and Europe for the past 24 years, writing for Religion News ServiceReligion and EthicsThe New York TimesThe GuardianDie ZeitFrankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungSüddeutsche Zeitung, among other periodicals.

"The Rise of Populism: Reasons and Responses" is a DAAD-sponsored event.



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