St. Paul, Minn. – The 35th Annual G. Theodore Mitau Endowed Lecture with Prof. Ian F. Haney López will be Monday, February 29 at 4:45 p.m., in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stryker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. The lecture’s title is, “Trumpeting Racism: Race, Politics, and Economic Jeopardy for All.” For more information, call 651-696-6290. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Donald Trump has seized the lead among Republican presidential candidates by attacking Mexican immigrants. Is this a temporary triumph of demagoguery that will surely fade? In his lecture, López shows that, for all his bombast, Trump is following the basic script of conservatives in the United States for the last 50 years: use racial and other status anxieties to scare voters into supporting politicians who ultimately enact policies that benefit their plutocratic funders.

López holds an endowed chair as the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. He is also a Senior Fellow at Demos, “a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.” His most recent book is Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

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February 17 2016

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