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Populism & Nationalism in Europe Presented by Professor Francesco Duina, Bates College, at Auburn Public Library

February 9, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

The Camden Conference and the Auburn Public Library invite you to a presentation by Francesco Duina, Professor of Sociology and European Studies at Bates College on February 9 at 4pm in the Androscoggin Community Room.  He has held appointments at Harvard University, Copenhagen Business School, and the University of British Columbia (where he was Professor and Head of Sociology from 2013-2015).  He is the author of nearly 30 articles in leading academic journals, op-ed pieces in newspapers such as the LA Times and The Guardian, and six books.  The most recent is Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country (Stanford University Press, 2018).

Right-wing populist parties have scored major victories in Europe.  What can explain their success?  This talk will explore a rarely discussed factor:  their surprising ability to weave right-wing ideologies with left-wing or progressive positions.  These positions include support for gays, gender equality, and generous welfare policies.  Why and how do these parties do this?  We will consider the cases of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, the National Rally in France, and the Sweden Democrats.  In conclusion, we will reflect on whether any of these observations apply to Donald Trump.

This program will be offered as a hybrid program (in person or virtually, via Zoom).   For our planning purposes, registration is required.  To register, visit the Events page of our website — — or email  When registering, please let us know whether you plan to attend in person or would like the Zoom link emailed to you on February 9.


February 9, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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Camden Conference
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