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Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Professor of History and Italian Studies, NYU

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a virtual guest at Crosscut Festival 2022. She is a Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and writes frequently for CNN and other media outlets on threats to democracy around the world. Her latest book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present, examines how illiberal leaders use corruption, violence, propaganda and machismo to stay in power, and how resistance to them has unfolded.

When: 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.

Where: This is a free virtual event. RSVP now.

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Scheduled Appearances

Are Authoritarians Winning?

Crosscut Festival 2022
Wed May 4, 2022 | 5:00pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin rattled the Western world with his shocking invasion of Ukraine, and authoritarianism appears on the rise around the globe. Meanwhile, threats to democracy feel just as real right here at home. WATCH NOW

 

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Featuring: Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Steven Levitsky, David Corn, Rebekah Koffler

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The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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