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January 2013 News Releases

White supremacist movement focus of Kansas Day event at Washburn University

TOPEKA –   “Hidden, Forgotten and Denied: Racism and Anti-Semitism in the State of Kansas,” will be discussed by author Leonard Zeskind at the Washburn University Kansas Day event at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 in room 208 of Henderson Learning Resources Center on the campus. No admission is charged and the public is welcome.

The author of “Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream,” Zeskind is an internationally recognized expert on the history and evolution of the white supremacist movement and ties together the seemingly disparate strands of neo-Nazi skinheads, Holocaust deniers, Christian Identity churches and militia groups. In the book, he demonstrates how factions have evolved into a normative social movement that looks like a demographic slice of white America, mostly blue collar and working middle class, with lawyers and PhDs in positions of leadership.

Zeskind has written widely on the radical right for publications such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, The Nation and Rolling Stone. His honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Petra Foundation Fellowship, the Paul H. Tobenkin Prize and the Bayard Rustin Award.

The event is sponsored by The Center for Kansas Studies at Washburn University.  Refreshments will be served. For information, call 785-670-1559.

Dena Anson, 785.670.1711