Helena Hicks Speakers’ Series

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“Thinking Through Fascism Today by Looking to the Past:From Mussolini’s Italy to Trump’s America”
Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 I 3 – 4:30 pm | Sharp Street Memorial Church
ROBBIE SHILLIAM Professor of Political Science,Johns Hopkins University

Political commentators and human rights advocates have often called Donald Trump’s policies and proclivities ‘fascist.’ Whether one agrees or disagrees depends, of course, upon how we define fascism. So what is fascism, and how does it threaten democracy? This talk will foster discussion on how communities of
faith might address these questions by examining fascism in its original historical context. Using a Rastafari
perspective, this talk explores the resistance by the African diaspora to Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia (1935- 1941). Come and learn about the roots of fascism and its challenge to global democracy while un-learning
what you think you know about Rastafari – a biblically-based faith focused on spreading the virtues of universal peace, love, justice and rights.

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