Two Upcoming Talks

  • Online Book Launch for Uncivil Disobedience: Theological Perspectives, Edited by David Gides — Thursday, February 23, at 4:30pm Pacific Time (7:30pm Eastern), on zoom at: I will be joining the panel of six or seven contributors, discussing our contributions to the new volume, which explores the ethics of “uncivil disobedience,” forms of disobedient protest that seem to stand outside what is normally classified as “civil disobedience.” Some speakers will be addressing liberation theology or Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ethics and applications to contemporary protest movements such as Black Lives Matter. My contribution looks at the limitations of Eric Hoffer’s “true believer” paradigm and why Erich Fromm provides a better foundation for understanding and countering fascism. Andre Gagne, who studies far-right Christian dominionist movements and contributed a chapter on the January 6 coup attempt, is also on the panel.
  • In Spokane: Discussion of No Pasaran: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis, Edited by Shane Burley —  Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm, Spokane Public Library (nx?yx?yetk? Hall). Shane Burley, Shon Meckfessel, and I will be talking about our contributions to the broad-ranging and sparkly new antifascist anthology. “Braune will discuss her chapter, “A Partial Typology of Empathy for Enemies: Collaborationist to Strategic.” The chapter looks at how journalists, academics, activists, and practitioners in work against hate need to be careful to establish boundaries that keep themselves and their communities safe. Braune will share some troubling case studies of harm that was done when people befriended dangerous members of hate groups and failed to have proper boundaries. She will discuss the contribution of and limits of love and empathy in work against fascism.” More here: No Pasaran: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis – Spokane Public Library (

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