Bogeymen: A Year with the Alt-Right
Saturday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. — Englert Theatre | View Schedule
“Put your phone in the bag and get in the van.” Obeying those words — only weeks after the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville — launched liberal sociology professor Serena Tarr on an eye-opening, terrifying and tumultuous year-long odyssey embedded with the leadership of the Alt-Right.
Serena will recount her harrowing experiences and lessons learned when she dared, to the dismay and disapproval of liberal friends and colleagues, to go beyond the caricatures and salacious sound bites of the cable news cycle, to try to understand the humans of the Alt-Right from a deeper perspective. Who are they? What do they really believe, and what threat do they pose to a tolerant and free society? Equal parts bulletin-from-the-Culture-Wars and an unflinching personal reflection on hate, friendship, virtue and complicity, Serena’s story upends convention to arrive at unsettling conclusions with implications across the political spectrum.
About Serena Tarr:
Professor Serena Tarr teaches sociology at Kirkwood Community College, where her commitment to serving underprivileged, migrant, and minority communities is fueled by memories of her own childhood of poverty in a mixed-race family in pre-Microsoft Seattle. Serena’s academic focus explores the ways that gender and race are reconstructed and weaponized across the political spectrum in response to social and political upheaval, with particular attention to fascism and the far right. Serena has worked with street children in post-Pinochet Chile, served as a U.S. delegate to the 5th International Women’s Conference in Cuba and, most recently, led a group of student and faculty volunteers to the Ritsona Syrian refugee camp in Chalkida, Greece.