Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Mark Stein: Panic-Stricken Nation

The Pub at Town Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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American PanicFrom the bestselling author of How States Got Their Shapes comes an account of the great political panics in U.S. history. Mark Stein explores the propaganda and hype around the Salem Witch Trials, Communism, gay marriage, and other chaotic debates, offering an explanation of why we’re so susceptible to the fear. American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why explores this phenomenon, drawing connections across the ages. Based on primary documents, his research highlights the anxiety and overreactions surrounding an “other,” explaining how some people become panicked while others remain calm.

Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Learn more: Read a review of American Panic.

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One Comment

  1. John Peeples
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Will Mr. Stein discuss the panic over and demonization of polygamists in the 19th Century and today? Will he discuss the panic and overreaction expected of the gay lobby and its allies today when coming into social contact with those who don’t agree with them? Will he discuss the lives destroyed by overreactions to minor flubs like disagreements over Calif’s popular Prop 8 and minor vocabulary words in just the wrong context when discussing race? Will he discuss the overreaction to Macklemore’s recent random costume?

    I look forward to finding out if Mr. Stein’s explanation of such panics and overreaction matches mine. I hope to find the time to attend tonight and ask at least one of these questions and see if there’s a panic and overreaction to my reasonable query.

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