Cultures of Hate: The Sites and Sounds of Europe’s Radical Right 
• Instructor: Patricia Anne simpson 
• Dates: tuesdays, sept. 23 to oct. 28 
• time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
• location: Aspen Pointe 
Whether at the margins or in the mainstream of global media, rightwing movements and their proponents continue to make a variety of headlines, from astonishing political victories in some of europe’s weakening democratic states, to choreographed terrorist acts. The Internet today is an instrument of communication and community, a malleable tool easily wielded by invisible hands. The class will focus on transnational right-wing movements and the ways in which members of extremist groups use popular music, sports events, and political rallies, but also facebook, youtube, blogs, and other means of mechanical and digital reproduction to form virtual and face-to-face communities for the purpose of disseminating their political message.

Class Format: lecture and discussion 

Readings: short readings from the instructor’s co-edited volume. 

Patricia anne Simpson (Ph.D. Yale University) is professor of German Studies at Montana State University. Her research interests range from the literature and philosophy of German Classicism and Romanticism to contemporary popular culture. An award-winning instructor, Simpson taught
at the University of Michigan, Kenyon College, and Hunter College before coming to Bozeman in 2002. In addition, she has received grants from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, DAAD, and the U.S. Department of Education. Simpson is currently co-editing a book on the far right and media strategies in Europe and the U.S.

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