Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 • 4:30 p.m.
Learning Center, Room 28 (underneath the library), Drew University
The New National Threat to Liberal Democracy

Dr. Jason Jordan, Associate Professor of Political Science at Drew University, will discuss how populist nationalism has grown from a marginal movement to a major political force throughout much of Europe and the United States over the past two decades. Combining deep suspicions of globalization with a highly restrictive ethnic-nationalism, the latest generation of populist parties, from the Hungarian Fidesz to the French National Front, have disrupted the post-War consensus surrounding liberal democratic institutions. Placing this current period of political conflict into the broader history of nationalism and the rise of nation-states in Europe and the West, this talk examines how the call of populist parties to save democracy from liberal globalism threatens to undermine the very foundations of Western democracy.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
The U.S. Bombing of Cambodia and the Cambodian Genocide: Is There a Connection?

Dr. Michael Gialanella will explore a possible connection of President Nixon’s bombing and incursion into Cambodia, the so-called “sideshow” of the Vietnam War, with the rise of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot’s genocidal policies in that country. Instead of delving into the specifics of the Cambodian Genocide, it will be asked if U.S. policy, to any degree, might have contributed to it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.
Mead Hall Founder’s Room, Drew University
Escape from the Holocaust and Journey to Canada

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Dr. Joseph Eisinger will share his eventful childhood experiences escaping Nazi-occupied Vienna, as described in his 2016 book, Flight and Refuge: Reminiscences of A Motley Youth. After a calm, middle-class childhood, his parents sent him by Kindertransport (children’s transport) from Austria to Britain, where he found work as a farm “lad” in Yorkshire and later as a dish washer in a Brighton hotel. Following the fall of France, he was interned as an “enemy alien” and was transported to Canada. Josef Eisinger is professor emeritus at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.