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How a Rhetoric of Fear Increasingly Shapes our Culture and Our Politics

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How a Rhetoric of Fear Increasingly Shapes our Culture and Our Politics
Start:
November 7, 2017 4:00 pm
End:
November 7, 2017 5:30 pm
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Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Voorhies Hall 126

Author and journalist, Sasha Abramsky, will be speaking on the topic of irrational fear from his new book, Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream. Mr. Abramsky will explore how the fear-based frame that we, the public, use to understand a range of complex issues — from terrorism to disease, parenting to vaccinations — has a ricochet effect throughout our economy, our culture, and our politics.

The book is reportage-based, and Mr. Abramsky will be discussing some of the interviews in the book, as well as some of the fascinating psychology and near-science around fear and around how we construct understandings of risk.

This is the first of a series of events focused on Public Rhetoric that Rhetoric@Davis is planning for 2017-2018.

An open forum following Mr. Abramsky’s talk is scheduled for November 13, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Voorhies Hall 126. An interdisciplinary panel will facilitate the discussion, which will continue to explore fear-based frames of understanding.

This event is sponsored by Rhetoric@Davis

For more information please contact: For more on Rhetoric@Davis, see http://rhetoricatdavis.ucdavis.edu/. Contact Faculty Advisor, Rebekka Andersen, for more information about the event.


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