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Globalism in the era of Trump and Brexit

Der Amerika Haus e.V. NRW und die Auslandsgesellschaft NRW lud herzlich ein zu "Globalism in the era of Trump and Brexit"

The nationalist surge throughout the Western Democracies is a product of several converging trends. First, automation and the rapid improvements of robotics have eliminated many jobs for skilled and undereducated workers. Second, in increasing successes women in the work place have begun to displace men in both high skill jobs, and at top universities. Third, there has been vast social change and stronger willingness to put aside bigotry and prejudice towards ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities than at any time in history. And in the case of the US, we elected our first African-American president. This has led to insecurity, fear, anger, and resentment among many in both Anglo-North America and Europe. We will discuss why, and how we might deal with these populist forces.


Governor Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman, presidential candidate, six term Governor and a physician, currently works as a part-time independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy, and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world. Dean serves as a MSNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America, a progressive online organization with one million members nationwide. DFA works to elect more progressive candidates to local, state, and national office by providing the tools to create change.


Dean Currently serves on the Board of the National Democratic Institute, a democracy-building organization chaired by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. He has extensive experience in Southeastern Europe including in Ukraine, Moldova, and the Balkans. He has also has an extensive knowledge of Iraqi and Iranian affairs, and has spent time in China and Myanmar as a result of his NDI activities. He has been active in anti-human trafficking efforts in Asia and in the United States. He lectures frequently in Europe, and is currently teaching a course on the Politics of American Foreign Policy at the Jackson Institute at Yale. He also teaches at Hofstra University’s Kalikow Institute for the Study of the Presidency and the University of Vermont.


Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association and the Democratic Governors' Association. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003, where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the internet. As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st-century campaign tools. Dean is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008.


The talk was moderated by Mr. Gerald Baars: head of the WDR studio in Dortmund, former ARD bureau chief and TV correspondent in New York, and chairman of the German-American Society of Dortmund (as part of Auslandsgesellschaft NRW).




Ort: Altes Rathaus, Marktplatz 2, 40213 Düsseldorf


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