Tolchin to Address Global Anger in Next Vision Lecture

Posted: October 16, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Susan Tolchin
Susan Tolchin

Susan Tolchin, professor in the School of Public Policy, will discuss “A World Ignited: The Origins and Effects of Global Anger on America” as part of the Vision Series, on Monday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m.

The lecture will take place on Mason’s Fairfax Campus in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets online or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 703-993-8888.

Tolchin will explore the surge of hatred that has swept the world in the last decade. Fed by economic disparities, wars, and deep-seated feelings of defeat and humiliation, this hatred is amplified by technology, especially television and the Internet; and made more lethal by modern weaponry and unprecedented acts of violence.

Tolchin will reflect on how today’s headlines reflect worldwide anger, particularly toward the United States, namely: how centuries of perceived defeat and humiliation at the hands of the West have spawned Islamic terrorism; the effect of the global economy in producing and provoking conflict; and how current leaders manipulate what the outside world sees as clashes of cultures devolve into long and bloody wars in Darfur, Sierra Leone, Kashmir and the Middle East.

A recognized scholar in the field of American government and politics, Tolchin is coauthor of the 2006 book, “A World Ignited: How Apostles of Ethnic, Racial and Religious Hatred Torch the Globe,” which she wrote with her husband, Martin Tolchin.

She also wrote “The Angry American: How Voter Rage Is Changing the Nation.” Her work has been widely cited in newspapers and journals, as well as in four Supreme Court decisions.

Tolchin also cowrote “To the Victor: Political Patronage from the Clubhouse to the White House”; “Clout: Womanpower and Politics”; “Dismantling America: The Rush to Deregulate”; “Buying into America: How Foreign Money Is Changing the Face of Our Nation”; “Selling Our Security: The Erosion of America’s Assets”; and “Glass Houses: Congressional Ethics and the Politics of Venom.”

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