Talk and Panel Focus on the Power of Fear in American Culture


Nov. 3, 2017 —UC Davis faculty member Sasha Abramsky will speak on topics addressed in his new book Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream on Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. Abramsky will also participate in a panel discussion on Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. Both will take place in Voorhies Hall, Room 126, on the UC Davis campus and are free and open to the public.

The talk and discussion are titled "How a Rhetoric of Fear Increasingly Shapes Our Culture and Our Politics."

Abramsky, a continuing lecturer in the University Writing Program, will explore how the fear-based frame that the public uses to understand a range of complex issues – from terrorism to disease, parenting to vaccinations – has a ricochet effect throughout our economy, culture and politics.

Abramsky, along with Jingwen Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Tom Beamish, professor in the Department of Sociology, and Chris Thaiss, professor emeritus in the University Writing Program, will present at the Nov. 13 forum.

Abramsky’s other recent books include a memoir, The House of Twenty Thousand Books, The American Way of Poverty, (listed by the New York Times among the 100 Notable Books of 2013), Inside Obama’s Brain, and Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It

The events are organized by the Rhetoric Program and are sponsored by the University Writing Program, the American Studies Program, the departments of Sociology and Communication, and the Institute for Social Sciences, all housed in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.