Facing Fascism: How Did We Get Here?

September 30, 2017


    In Woolly's Melton Rehearsal Hall
    Saturday, September 30
    following the 8 pm performance of The Arsonists
    free and open to the public


    What are the traditions of race-, gender- and class-based manipulation in our electoral politics? What are the unique histories (and present realities) of white identity formation, fascism, and anti-fascist resistance, and how do they help us understand the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath? Join us for a “fireside” chat with renowned race scholar Matthew Hughey, moderated by The Arsonists’ civic organizer Laurenellen McCann, as we dig into these complex and timely questions.

    Meet Dr. Matthew W. Hughey, Ph.D.

    MATTHEW W. HUGHEY, PhD is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut where he also serves as Affiliate Faculty in the Africana Studies Institute; the American Studies Program, the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), and; the Graduate Certificate program in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (REP).

    Professor Hughey has also served as visiting fellow and/or professor at Columbia University (New York, USA), The University of the Free State (South Africa), Warwick University (England), and Trinity College-Dubin (Ireland).  He is also currently a Research Associate for the Centre for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa).

    His work focuses on the relationship between racial inequality and collective understandings of race through empirical examinations of (1) white racial identity; (2) racialized organizations; (3) mass media; (4) political engagements; (5) science and technology, and; (6) public advocacy with racism and discrimination.  

    Professor Hughey has published over seventy scholarly articles and seven books, such as The White Savior Film: Content, Critics, and Consumption (Temple University Press), which received the 2016 Outstanding Publication Award from the Southwest Sociological Association; White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race (Stanford University Press), which was co-winner of the Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 2014;  The Obamas and a (Post)Racial America? (Oxford University Press), and 12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today (The New Press), which received the 2011 Prevention for a Safer Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and in 2015-16 was reimagined as a theatrical performance for The Billie Holiday Theatre at The Center for Arts & Culture in Brooklyn, NY.

    Professor Hughey is a frequent expert witness for legal disputes involving discrimination, is an active voice in national media (such as NPR, ABC, FOX, and CNN) and has been a contributing writer to outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. He also serves on the editorial boards for Social Problems, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and he is a co-founding Associate Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity—the first race-focused official journal of the American Sociological Association. 

    He is the recipient of both the Distinguished Early Career Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Mentoring Excellence Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. More information is available at www.matthewhughey.com. 

    Meet Laurenellen McCann

    LAURENELLEN MCCANN is overjoyed to join Woolly as the Civic Organizer for The Arsonists. Laurenellen is an educator and artist with nearly a decade of experience living, working, and playing in the District. Their work focuses on shifting power in civic systems: interrogating how history, bias, and identity affect how government reforms are made (and who gets to make them), and what institutions and individuals can do to meaningfully disrupt and rewire these systems. In 2014, they catalyzed an international movement to reorient "civic innovation" towards community leadership under the banner, “build with, not for.” Laurenellen is the author of “Experimental Modes of Civic Engagement in Civic Tech” (2015) and a contributor to the (Re)Building Technology zine. They teach at the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, sit on the board of Exhale Pro-Voice, and are a proud member of the Design Justice National Network and DC’s local drag and variety community. In 2013, TIME Magazine named them one of 30 folks under 30 changing the world.