Monday, December 4 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Graham Chapel, St. Louis, MO 63105
In the midst of the 2019 impeachment crisis, history professor Heather Cox Richardson began writing a daily Facebook essay, providing historical context for the daily churn of news. It soon became a chart-topping Substack newsletter, Letters from an American, which now has over two million subscribers—passionate, dedicated readers who rely on Richardson’s plainspoken, insightful take on America, past and present, as a much-needed dose of sanity in today’s insane world.
In her compelling new book, Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America (Viking), Richardson explains how a small group of wealthy people have made war on American ideals, leading us down a dangerous path to authoritarianism. By weaponizing language and promoting a false history, they have created a disaffected population and then promised to recreate an imagined past where those people could feel important again. Richardson argues that taking our country back starts by remembering the elements of the nation’s true history that marginalized Americans have always upheld—their dedication has sustained our democracy in the past and can be a road map for our future.
We are thrilled with the enthusiastic response to this event! At this time, we have made additional plans to host our guests on campus. We will have two additional, smaller spaces for viewing a livestream of the discussion in Graham Chapel. All venues are open seating and doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are not required so seating will be “first come, first served.” We will also host two reception spaces and Prof. Richardson will visit both!
Alternately, you may register to watch via Zoom from home by registering at this link: https://wustl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_40JDRoXvRsmvSaOl8L_Ufg
We will provide open seating and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Free and open to all. Please register at email@example.com or 314-935-9345 so we can appropriately plan for your visit.
All attendees are welcome to join us for a reception with the speaker immediately following her talk. Local independent bookseller Left Bank Books will be on site for purchase of Professor Richardson’s book.
Visitor parking is available on the fourth level of Millbrook Garage or in the Danforth University Center (DUC) underground garage. Pull a ticket at the gate when you enter. Parking is free in yellow spaces (you will be ticketed if in a red space) weekdays between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. and on weekends. For more information on parking, visit parking.wustl.edu/parking/visitor.
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