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February 21, 2020
Bill V. Mullen and Benjamin Balthaser on The US Antifascism Reader
57th St Books
February 21, 2020
6.00pm - 7.00pm
57th St Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 United States
Join Bill Mullen and Benjamin Balthaser for a discussion of The US Antifascism Reader.

Join Bill V. Mullen and Benjamin Balthaser at 57th St Books for a reading and discussion of The US Antifascism Reader.

Since the birth of fascism in the 1920s, well before the global renaissance of “white nationalism, ” the United States has been home to its own distinct fascist movements, some of which decisively influenced the course of US history. Yet long before Antifa became a household word in the United States, they were met, time and again, by an equally deep antifascist current. Many on the left are unaware that the United States has a rich antifascist tradition, because it has rarely been discussed as such, nor has it been accessible in one place. This reader reconstructs the history of US antifascism in the twenty-first century, showing how generations of writers, organizers, and fighters spoke to each other over time.

Bill V. Mullen is Professor of American Studies at Purdue University. He is the author of James Baldwin: Living in Fire (forthcoming, Pluto Press); UnAmerican: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution and Afro-Orientalism. He is co-editor, with Ashley Dawson, of Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities. His articles have appeared in Social Text, African-American Review and American Quarterly. He is a member of the organizing collective of USACBI (U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) and a founding member of the Campus Antifascist Network.

Benjamin Balthaser is Associate Professor of Multi-Ethnic Literature at Indiana University, South Bend.  His 2016 book from University of Michigan Press' Class and Culture Series, Anti-Imperialist Modernism: Race and Transnational Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War explores the connections between cross-border, anti-imperialist movements and the making of modernist culture at mid-century. Balthaser’s critical and creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals and publications such as American QuarterlyBoston ReviewCriticismJacobin, and elsewhere.