Speakers on Conservatism

Bill Fletcher Jr, billfletcherjr@gmail.com, is available to address U.S. foreign policy, electoral politics, labor and workers’ movements, and right-wing populism.

He is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator. “Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. . . . Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com; and in the leadership of several other projects.” (See: http://billfletcherjr.com/)

Linda Gordon, linda.gordon@nyu.edu, is available to speak about the Klan, about 1930s American fascist  groups, and about far-right groups.

She is a Professor of history and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. She is the author of many influential books and articles in a range of fields including gender and family, women’s history, photography, and right-wing moments. Two of her books, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (1999) and her biography of Dorothea Lange (2009), both won the Bancroft Prize for best book in US history.  Her recent The Second Coming of the KKK (2017) investigates some of the historical roots of today’s white nationalism. (See http://www.lindagordonhistorian.org/)

Kimberly K. Phillips-Fein, kpf2@nyu.edu, is available to speak on the fiscal crisis of states and cities or on the history of conservatism and Its lessons.

She is a Professor of History at New York University. A historian of twentieth-century American politics, she teaches courses in American political, business, and labor history She is author of Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal (W.W. Norton, 2009) and Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics (Metropolitan Books, 2017).

Margaret Power, marmacpower1@gmail.com, is available to speak on right-wing women, the recent history of Chile and Puerto Rico, and the Right in general.

She is a Professor of History at Illinois Tech. She “focuses on Latin America, women, and gender. Her earlier work explored why a large number of Chilean women opposed the socialist government of Salvador Allende (1970–73) and supported the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973–1990). . .” She recently co-authored a book on Norvelt, a New Deal community in southwest Pennsylvania named for Eleanor Roosevelt. She is currently writing a book titled Solidarity across the Americas: The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party vs. U.S. Colonialism.” She is co-chair of Historians for Peace and Democracy. (See https://www.iit.edu/directory/people/margaret-power)

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