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Social Science and Public Policy

State of Democracy Lecture: Strongmen, From Mussolini to the Present

April 30, 2021 at 4:00pm5:30pm EDT

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The State of Democracy Lecture Series welcomes Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. She writes frequently for CNN and other news and analysis sites on fascism, authoritarian leaders, propaganda, and threats to democracy around the world and how to counter them. Her new book, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, is the first study to place President Donald Trump in the context of a century of authoritarian leaders that use a playbook of corruption, violence, propaganda, and machismo to stay in power.

This lecture series is hosted by the Maxwell School and coordinated by the Campbell Public Affair Institute. For more information about the series or this event, contact Kelley Coleman at 315.443.9707 or You may also visit our website for more details regarding all of our programs and to register for this event:

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This event was first published on March 1, 2021 and last updated on April 8, 2021.

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