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Join us for the first talk in the Spring 2020 American Studies Colloquium Series, “The ‘Mobilizing Passions’ of White Supremacy from the Klan to the Alt-Right,” with speaker Niko Heikkilä’s critical inquiry into the historical roots of white supremacy in the United States.

Heikkilä is a Fulbright visiting student researcher from Turku, Finland. He specializes in the history of the 1960s and 1970s in the US, exploring social movements and activism ranging from reactionary to revolutionary mobilizations. At UNC, he studies the overtly racist organizing culture and escalating violence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1960s, how it was challenged and how repression led to some inadvertent consequences to other movements in the same period. His research centers on the broad themes of activism, race, racism, repression, and the meanings of social, political, and cultural change. He holds an M.A. in Cultural History from the University of Turku.

Refreshments will be provided. This event meets Wed, February 5, at 2:30 PM in Donovan Lounge located on the 2nd floor of Greenlaw Hall.

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