Ira Katznelson on Decision to Write "Fear Itself"



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Ira Katznelson on Decision to Write "Fear Itself"
The New School -
Institute for Retired Professionals-50th Anniversary Closing Celebration with Ira Katznelson on the American Racial Divide.

The Institute for Retired Professionals (http://newschool.edu/irp) welcomes Ira Katznelson, formerly dean of The New School for Social Research and now Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. Professor Katznelson is a past president of the American Political Science Association and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is the author of When Affirmative Action Was White.

His latest book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, "deeply reconceptualizes the New Deal and raises countless provocative questions," according to Pulitzer Prize--winning author David Kennedy. In this lecture, Katznelson explores a theme of the book, asking how a nation could fight a world war for liberty and democracy while denying full rights to 20 percent of its citizens.

The Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) provides a stimulating and supporting environment for serious peer learning to people of all backgrounds interested in intellectual exploration. The IRP is open to retired or semi-retired people who want to participate actively in cooperative learning and instruction.

The program opens with a performance of "Fanfare," a piece composed by David Tcimpidis of Mannes College and commissioned by the IRP on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.