A New Clash Of Civilizations?

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November 11, 2017

When we hear from politicians and activists that "the West is at risk, that a clash of civilizations threatens Western culture," what does that mean exactly? What exactly are we talking about when we talk about "the West"? A geographic region? Judeo-Christian heritage? Liberal democracy, free market capitalism? And who do we think is coming for it?

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We sat down with conservative intellectual Victor Davis Hanson, classics scholar Donna Zuckerberg, and French-Tunisian political scientist Nadia Marzouki to talk about President Trump’s speech, and try to unpack the question at the center of the president's speech: Is the survival of the West the fundamental question of our time?

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When Donna Zuckerberg noticed references to classical writers popping up on neo-Nazi and white supremacist websites, she decided to investigate. Why are they so invested in the classics?

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As a French-Tunisian Muslim and political scientist, Nadia Marzouki has come to believe that Americans are actually ambivalent about some of our own sacred values - like freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Even democracy.

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The refugee crisis is front and center in Germany. So when German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck met a group of African refugees camping out in Berlin, she started asking questions about the lives they were forced to leave behind.

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For his book “The Sultan and the Queen,” Jerry Brotton has uncovered a history that goes against everything we’ve been told about the relationship between Islam and the West.

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November 11, 2017
July 14, 2018
Guests: 

Victor Davis Hanson

Classics Scholar

Donna Zuckerberg

Classics Scholar

Nadia Marzouki

Author

Jenny Erpenbeck

Novelist

Jerry Brotton

Historian
Last modified: 
July 13, 2018