Teacher Scholar Tuesday

Teacher-Scholar Tuesday is a new monthly public professor talk series, hosted on Zoom once a month.

 

Our fourth Teacher-Scholar Tuesday is on October 27th at 4pm: feat. Prof. Tim Carens.

 


Our third Teacher-Scholar Tuesday was on September 22nd at 3:15pm: feat. Prof. Susan Farrell. Watch the talk here!

Kurt Vonnegut and American Fascism 

This talk focuses specifically on Mother Night, Vonnegut’s 3rd novel, published in 1961. Presented as the prison confessions of an American-born Nazi propagandist during World War II, the book offers a complex exploration of the shadowy, indistinct line separating good and evil during wartime.  I’m especially interested in the previously unexplored real-life underpinnings of the novel—the rise of American Fascism in the 1930s and early 1940s.  We’ll briefly examine figures such as the American-born, Irish-raised Nazi propagandist known as “Lord Haw-Haw,” who broadcast pro-German and anti-Semitic radio rants to British citizens; William Dudley Pelley, an American admirer of Hitler who founded the white supremacist youth group, The Silver Shirts; German-American Bund leader August Klapprott, often credited with uniting the Bund and the Ku Klux Klan; and Sufi Abdul Hamid, a mystical Harlem street preacher and labor organized, styled “The Black Hitler of Harlem.” I argue that Vonnegut’s novel, while seemingly cartoonish and exaggerated in many ways, actually engages deeply and meaningfully with American history, exposing the bona fide danger of a virulently fascist and white supremacist underbelly in America that did not disappear with the defeat of the Nazis in 1945.

 


Our second Teacher-Scholar Tuesday was on August 11th with Professor Jacob Craig. Watch the talk here!


Our first Teacher-Scholar Tuesday was on July 14th with Professor Mike Duvall. Watch the talk here!

UPCOMING TALKS:

Tuesday, October 27th: feat. Prof. Tim Carens
Tuesday, November 17th: feat. Prof. Colleen Glenn
January: feat. Prof. Bill Russell and Prof. Myra Seaman
February: feat. Prof. Chris Warnick

More info coming soon!