Great Decisions: Rise of Populism in Contemporary Europe

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Guest Speaker: Thomas C. Wolfe

Social Hour 5:00 pm; Program 5:30 – 7:00 pm 

Across the Western world, apprehension over immigration and fraying national identity is boosting the electoral fortunes of many a politician. What began as a populist movement in Europe in 2015 as a response to the refugee crisis experienced there eventually brought about the "Brexit" decision in 2016, the near election of Marine Le Pen in the 2017 French presidential election, and the 2017 rise of Alternative for Deutschland in the German Parliament–all of which has transported across the Atlantic to the United States.

With Brexit potentially looming on our doorstep, what started as a response to immigration crisis is now creating a new landscape in modern Europe. How does this rise of populism affect the United States–which has seen its own populist movement–and what is our role in an ever-changing Europe?

Thomas C. Wolfe is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. He's affiliated faculty with the Department of Anthropology, the Institute for Global Studies, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. 


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