‘How Inciteful’ — Online speakers to explore lasting Trump impact on society

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Historians and political scientists will spend decades debating the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump — and some are getting started this month.

Brandon University political science students are bringing together experts in many different disciplines from across the campus to discuss how Trump has affected their fields in a series of Tuesday-evening Zoom presentations timed to start with the beginning of President Joe Biden’s administration.

Called “How Inciteful” the speaker series will run every Tuesday evening starting from Jan. 19, the day before Inauguration, and running through to Feb. 9. Each weekly evening session run approximately an hour, starting at 7 p.m., and will feature about three faculty speakers speaking about the impacts on their areas of expertise, along with a question-and-answer session.

‘How Inciteful’ schedule

“Trump is a divisive character who has managed to dominate conversation like no one else,” said Aidan Trembath, president of the student-run BU Politics Society who is organizing the speakers. “It will be very interesting to bring a lot of those diverse conversations together and hear the impact that Trump has had far outside of politics.”

After four years of scandal-ridden presidency, two impeachments, and last week’s shocking insurrection attempt, there’s no shortage of things to talk about. Trembath, who is a double-major at BU in both political science and English, has secured presentations from across the academic spectrum, including biology, philosophy, music, sociology, and more.

At least one of Trembath’s profs will be among the eager viewers.

“Considering the spectacle of Trump’s arrival on the political scene, we should have expected that he would leave the same way,” said Dr. Richard Baker, Assistant Professor of Political Science at BU. “But we must all continue to grapple with the ripple effects of his presidency. Politics has changed in the past four years, and I am keen to learn about how these changes are affecting people outside of the political sphere as well.”

This coming Tuesday, Jan. 19, will include three BU faculty members, including the BU President, Dr. David Docherty.

Dr. Docherty, himself a political scientist, will speak on government transitions. He’ll be joined by English professor Dr. Reinhold Kramer, who will speak about Trump’s brand of truth, and its emotional cogency, as well as Dr. Corinne Mason a sociology and gender and women’s studies assistant professor, who will speak about the impacts on sexuality, gender and race, with a particular focus on anti-carceral activism.

The discussions will be held online, using Zoom: https://brandonu-ca.zoom.us/j/91342408364


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