Into Trump's America

Understanding the Fabric of Society in the Age of Trump

With Daniel ALLOTT, Journalist, and Jordan ALLOTT, Documentary filmmaker

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center

Journalists Daniel and Jordan Allott are in the midst a four-year reporting project that monitors the pulse of the Trump presidency with deep, objective, long-form reporting from nine key counties. Through written columns, videos and photography, Into Trump's America: 8 Counties. 4 Years. 2 Open Minds. follows the Allott twins on their travels, providing rare insight into the people and places that helped swing the 2016 election to Trump and will determine whether he wins reelection in 2020.

In our age, political analysis is often based on what has been called "sociologism": the idea that people's choices and behaviors can be explained by their social circumstances, by the group they belong to, and so on. In practice this means that we tend to assign people to certain large, over-simplified groups, and reduce the richness of their experiences and struggles to various abstractions, which invariably reflect our own ideological biases. The work of Daniel and Jordan Allot on is beautiful precisely because it consciously breaks free from the sociologistic trap. On the contrary, it chooses to look at people's communities as real human agents whose actions are shaped by their unique experiences, ideas and desires. By doing so they show us the true face of "Trump's America" and help us break through the ideological polarization that has been rightly decried as the great scourge of today's political life.

The authors will discuss their experiences and show photographs and video clips to foster conversation with the audience. They will also be available to answer questions about America’s political landscape in the era of Trump. The Allott's have participated in dozens of TV and radio interviews, including an in-depth discussion on CSPAN’s Washington Journal and a forum at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

The event is free and open to the public.

About this Event

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: Crossroads Auditorium
125 Maiden Lane, 15th Floor, NY, NY
(ID required to enter the building)

About the Speakers

Daniel Allott

Jordan Allott
Documentary filmmaker


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