Event to explore Trump-era issues

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s Political Science and Public Administration Department will present a discussion titled “The Rise of Authoritarianism and Other Dangerous Political Currents in the Trump Era.” The event is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. It is free and open to the public.

Three NMU professors will share their perspectives on the rise of authoritarianism and other threats to liberal democracy during the Trump administration.

Robert Kulisheck, professor emeritus, will discuss the works of Yasch Mounk, author of “The People vs. Democracy: Why our Freedom is in Danger & How to Save It.” Kulisheck will talk about the authoritarian populist threat to liberal democracy.

Jonathan Allen will discuss the views of Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin on Russian, European Union and U.S. politics.

He will also share his views on the insights of Timothy Snyder, author of “On Tyranny” and “The Road to Unfreedom.”

Carter Wilson, head of the department, will discuss how “the ascension of money-driven, polarized and paranoid politics in the 21st century enabled the rise of President Trump and endangered the U.S. system of liberal democracy.”

Professor Steven Nelson will moderate the event.