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Christopher Sebastian Parker

Professor of Political Science, UW (IN-PERSON @ TOWN HALL)

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A product of Los Angeles Public schools, Professor Parker is a graduate of UCLA (AB) and the University of Chicago (MA; PhD). He's the author of Fighting For Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South, and Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in American. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, The American Prospect, and Democracy Journal. Finally, his research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the New Republic, among other places. (IN-PERSON, MAY 7 @ TOWN HALL)

Scheduled Appearances


Retelling Our American History with Nikole Hannah Jones

Crosscut Festival 2022
Sat May 7, 2022 | 7:30pm

The 1619 Project challenged our country to reframe American history to account for the brutal legacy of slavery. It also shook up the conversation about race everywhere, from our national politics to our local schools. Now with her new book, which expands the project, Nikole Hannah-Jones returns with a lot more to say. Thank you to our media partner, The South Seattle Emerald. WATCH NOW


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Featuring: Nikole Hannah-Jones , Christopher Sebastian Parker

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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.