Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson

discuss

The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jan
18
Wednesday
January 18, 2012
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Harvard University's THEDA SKOCPOL and VANESSA WILLIAMSON for a discussion of their new book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.

On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli delivered a dramatic rant against Obama administration programs to shore up the plunging housing market. Invoking the Founding Fathers and ridiculing "losers" who could not pay their mortgages, Santelli called for "Tea Party" protests. Over the next two years, conservative activists took to the streets and airways, built hundreds of local Tea Party groups, and weighed in with votes and money to help right-wing Republicans win electoral victories in 2010. In their penetrating study, Skocpol and Williamson go beyond images of protesters in Colonial costumes to provide an complex, provocative examination of the Tea Party.

"Skocpol and Williamson have produced the richest, most nuanced portrait of the Tea Party since it burst onto the political scene in early 2009. Drawing on a wealth of observational, interview, survey, and web-based research, their analysis and presentation is both sympathetic with the participatory ethic of the Tea Partiers and critical of the way they have been used by conservative advocacy groups and press outlets to breed misinformation and shift the Republican agenda sharply to the right. A must-read book for the 2012 election season." Thomas Mann, co-author of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track

Theda Skocpol
Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of the American Political Science Association.

Vanessa Williamson
Vanessa Williamson

Vanessa Williamson

Vanessa Williamson is the co-author of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Her primary research interest is the politics of taxation in the United States. She is also the author of Supporting Our Troops, Veterans and Their Families: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities for Philanthropy, an analysis of almost $250 million in philanthropic spending by the California Community Foundation.

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