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Authoritarian Populism and Endangered Democracies

The end of the Cold War led some analysts to believe that the demise of communism in Eastern Europe would ensure a steady expansion of democracy throughout the world. Democratic values and institutions are currently facing new challenges around the globe, however, and this seminar will examine some of the places in which anti-democratic trends are evoking concerns. Our interdisciplinary faculty will discuss recent events in Turkey, Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Britain, and Germany, providing perspectives to interpret the meaning of contemporary “populism,” the appeal of quasi- authoritarian movements, the critique of traditional elites, and the threats or opportunities that “populism” creates in different regions of the world. Join us for a comparative historical discussion of why people are turning to new populist ideas and leaders.


Religion and Populism in Turkey: Misunderstandings and Misperceptions

Eren Tasar, Associate Professor of History

Populism, Democracy, Anger, and Political Upheavals in Brazil

Robert Anderson,Teaching Assistant Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies

Populism in Europe: From Poland and Hungary to Germany and Brexit

Holger Moroff, Adjunct Professor of Political Science

What’s New and What’s Old in Authoritarian Populism— And Should We Be Worried?

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:15am-4:00pm, June 29. The tuition is $125 ($115 until June 4). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until January 18). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. 

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