Lecture “Tears in the Fabric of American Democracy,” delivered at Smith College on May 17, 2023, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the American Studies Diploma Program for foreign graduate students.

The talk was, in many ways, a follow-up to the main themes of the recent book Tropes of Intolerance: Pride, Prejudice, and the Politics of Fear and, in many ways, a foretaste of matters to be covered in a forthcoming second edition to be published in 2025.