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Naomi Wolf’s Warnings

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When author and social critic Naomi Wolf spoke at Elmhurst as part of the College’s Democracy Forum on October 20, she told students that it was “time for Americans to start acting like Americans again.” For Wolf, that means organizing “to stand up for your rights” and “demanding transparency” in government.

Wolf’s 1991 feminist classic, The Beauty Myth, was hailed by The New York Times as one of the most important books of the 20th century. Her 2007 book, The End of America, warned of a “fascist shift” in the United States. In the latest edition of the Quick Studies podcast series, Wolf discussed threats to American democracy and the hope offered by activist movements on the left and right.

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