Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities, Harvard Book Store and WBUR welcome writer and musician DAN KAUFMAN for a discussion of his new book, "The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics." Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government, famously serving as a "laboratory of democracy," a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the common good. But following a Republican sweep of the state’s government in 2010, Wisconsin’s political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election, elevating Donald J. Trump to the presidency. The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country.