Re-Thinking Populism on the Left

What if populism was more than the image of demagoguery seen across our media? Join Chantal Mouffe and Jonathan Smucker as they discuss the “populist moment” that Western democracies face today and what it means for the left, themes from Mouffe’s latest book, For a Left Populism, just out in the US with Verso Books.

In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Chantal Mouffe is the Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her books include Gramsci and Marxist Theory, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Ernesto Laclau), Dimensions of Radical Democracy, The Return of the Political, The Democratic Paradox, On the Political, Agonistics, and Podemos: In the Name of the People (with Íñigo Errejón).

Jonathan Smucker is Co-founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Choir. He has worked for more than two decades in grassroots movements as an organizer, campaigner, and strategist. He has trained thousands of movement participants in campaign strategy, messaging, and organizing skills. He researches collective action, identity, and politicization processes as the focus of his doctoral work in the sociology department at UC Berkeley. He is the author of Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals.