Lunch and Learn with Matthew Dallek: Birchers, Antisemitism, and the Rise of the Far Right


Join us for a discussion of Dallek’s book Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right. Dallek’s talk will focus on how the right-wing fringe entered into the American mainstream; the role of anti-Black racism and antisemitism in far-right movements; and how a liberal coalition, led by the Anti-Defamation League, weakened the Birch movement.

About Matthew Dallek

Matthew Dallek is a historian and professor of political management at George Washington University. His research and teaching interests include 20th-century U.S. politics, political extremism and violence, and the ebb and flow of the far right in modern America. He is author, most recently, of Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right (Basic Books, 2023). His second book, Defenseless Under the Night (Oxford University Press, 2016), won the Henry Adams award from Society for History in the Federal Government. His first book, The Right Moment (Free Press, 2000, Oxford University Press, 2004), appeared on the Washington Post’s and Chicago Tribune’s year-end best-of lists. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Politico, and many other publications.

Register before 5 p.m. May 6th for in-person lunch ($10) or by the next evening for the Zoom link.

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