In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can't Happen Here, a cautionary look at how fascism could take hold in America. Eighty years later, following Trump’s election, political & public pundits claim that it has happened, or is starting to happen, or could happen here. However, taking up such concerns as immigration, integral ecology, wealth inequality, and unending war, Michael Baxter contends that some aspects of today's political scene have actually been underway for decades—and won’t end when Trump's term does.
The response? Reconstruct genuine community. This is a hallmark of Catholic radicalism, and drawing on authors like Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and Alasdair MacIntyre, Baxter describes its long tradition—and its importance in these challenging times.
Michael Baxter teaches religious and Catholic studies at Regis University in Denver. He is the founder of the Peter Claver Catholic Worker (South Bend, IN) and André House of Hospitality (Phoenix) and past director of the Catholic Peace Fellowship. Currently, he is finishing a book to be published in 2018 by Cascade Books, a division of Wipf and Stock Publishers—No Abiding City: Radicalism Against Americanism in Catholic Social Ethics.
*Note—Previously, this talk had been titled "The Berrigan Brothers and the World Church," but the speaker decided to shift focus and will now be incorporating the Berrigans' tradition of nonviolence into a larger discussion of Catholic radicalism, as seen through the lens of our current political situation.
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Parking at DePaul
Street parking (both free & metered) is sometimes available on campus, but there are also 2 parking garages available for visitors**:
**For a discounted rate, please ask for validation at the event's information table. Discounted rates are as follows:
Entrance before 4:00pm = $9.25
Entrance after 4:00pm = $7.25
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Student Center (Lincoln Park), 314B
2250 N Sheffield Ave