How do everyday people come together to affect political change? What obstacles do they face, and how do they navigate them? What can we learn from the upsurge in social movements in the United States and around the world in recent years — from Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street to the resistance to the Trump Administration? How should we understand the threats and opportunities we face in the current political landscape?
Zeynep Tufekci and Jonathan Smucker each wrestles with these and related questions in their new books. Tufekci's "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest" provides a firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet-fueled social movements’ greatest strengths and frequent challenges. Smucker's "Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals" is a practical guide to political struggle for a generation that is deeply ambivalent about questions of power, leadership, and strategy.
Smucker and Tufeki will discuss ideas from their books, in relation to the present political moment — followed by Q&A. They will both be available to sign books afterward.
This event is sponsored by Lancaster Stands Up.
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Zeynep Tufekci is a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, and a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center.
Jonathan Matthew Smucker is the director of Beyond the Choir and a co-founder of Lancaster Stands Up. He has worked for more than two decades in grassroots movements, as an organizer, campaigner, and strategist. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The Guardian, VICE Magazine, The Sociological Quarterly, and elsewhere.
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