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Yale Club of SF Graduate Fellowship Talk: Foundations of the Contemporary U.S. Right

Join us for a talk by Alex DiBranco, the 2019 Yale Club of San Francisco Graduate Summer Fellowship recipient. This talk will discuss the importance of looking to the past half-century of rightist organizing in the U.S. to understand its success today.

Alex DiBranco is a sixth-year Yale Sociology Ph.D. candidate, writing her dissertation on how the New Right in the 1970s to 1990s built a sustainable movement infrastructure to realign the U.S. political spectrum, drawing on archival materials and a unique database of conservative foundation grants.

The contemporary U.S. Right owes its success to the organizing and institutionalization of the 1970s and 1980s, when influential organizations like the Heritage Foundation and ALEC were founded and made sustainable. While significant attention has been given to the Koch brothers' impact as wealthy donors in recent years, their efforts of the last two decades built upon the strategic investments of philanthropic foundations under the control of individuals such as beer magnate Joseph Coors and Richard Mellon Scaife. The libertarian ethos of the Koch brothers has thus never been as dominant in rightist organizing as the conservative Christian and white male supremacist attitudes of their predecessors, which are reflected in the contemporary alt-right and Trumpism. This talk will focus on the earlier rightist leadership and the lessons that can be learned from this historical approach.

The event will start at 6:30pm on July 25, with the talk beginning at 7:00pm, with time for Q&A.

25 Spear Street

San Francisco, CA 94105 

The event is free, but please RSVP here to reserve a spot.


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