Matthew Abraham

Professor Matthew Abraham, English Department, University of Arizona

Wednesday, January 25, 2022,

Note special time: 7:00-8:00 pm,

Koffler Great Room & Zoom


Just how can people identify a demagogue and why is it important they be able to do so as voting citizens in a democracy? In his presentation Professor Abraham will identify the elements of demagoguery that plague public discourse and deliberation in the present historical moment. Abraham will place demagoguery in its historical context and explain why demagoguery is so attractive in times of crisis. He will then discuss how to combat demagoguery as a threat to democracy and deliberation.

After receiving his PhD in Rhetoric from Purdue University, Dr. Abraham taught at Edinboro University (a branch of Pennsylvania Western University), the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and DePaul University in Chicago. He is currently a Professor of English in the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English Program at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Out of Bonds: Academic Freedom and the Question of Palestine and Intellectual Resistance and the Struggle for Palestine. He is a co-author of the recently published The Lure of Disempowerment: Reclaiming Agency in the Age of CRT. Abraham is the editor of The Rhetoric of the Israel-Palestine Conflict and the co-editor of The Making of Barack Obama: The Politics of Persuasion.

Compiled by Rosemary Brown, Arizona Senior Academy Volunteer

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January 25: “The Problem of Demagoguery in Politics: Polarizing Discourse in the Age of Distrust”