Friday Forum is a monthly speaker series sponsored by MSU Wonderlust and hosted by the Bozeman Public Library. Coffee and tea will be served. Join us as knowledgeable experts lead discussions on timely topics related to local, state and national issues.
Forums meet at noon on the third Friday of the month at the Bozeman Public Library. The library Foundation co-sponsors these sessions.

Friday, Nov. 9  “Populism After the Midterms: Advance or Retreat?”

Nicol Rae, dean of Montana State University’s College of Letters and Sciences, will present a brief overview of populism in the United States – its history, its champions and its recent rise in popularity at home and around the world. Populism is a political movement that defends the interests of everyday working people and exploits cultural and economic grievances. His talk, held just days after the U.S. elections, will also include what election results may suggest about local and national political trends and the future influence of populism in the U.S. and abroad. 

Rae has served as an MSU dean since 2013. He holds an undergraduate degree in politics from Edinburgh University and a doctorate in politics from Oxford University. His research interests focus on American national political institutions, European government and politics, and conservative politics.