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Bergren Forum to focus on influence of fascist thought in 20th century

Christopher Churchill, assistant professor of history and global studies at Alfred University, will present “Fascist Influences in the History of Ideas” as part of Alfred University’s ongoing Bergren Forum Series. His lecture will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. All are welcome to attend free of charge.

In his talk, Churchill will discuss two of the most famous liberal writers who grew up in French North Africa: Albert Camus and Rabah Zeneti. Camus, a French settler and committed anti-fascist activist, and Zenati, a colonized Algerian committed to assimilating to French society, both drew surprisingly on ideas popular among fascists as they struggled to define their Mediterranean communities in a time of crisis. The lecture will examine the ideas that motivated the political ideology and the profound impact that fascist thought had on the artists and intellectuals of the 20th century.

Churchill earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and a master of arts degree and a Ph.D. in history from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His works have been featured in publications such as Modern Intellectual History (Volume 7, Number 1), Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Ideas and Action, and the World History Encyclopedia.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.