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The Forum with Sasha Abramsky: Jumping at Shadows

Sunday, April 29 @ 9:30 am

What are we afraid of and why? Journalist and author Sasha Abramsky analyzes America’s most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear in this eye-popping portrait of a political and cultural landscape that is, increasingly, defined by our worst fears.




About the guest

Sasha Abramsky is a widely published freelance journalist, with an emphasis on social justice themes. His work has been published in The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker Online, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and many other venues. He writes a regular column on politics for The Sacramento Bee. Abramsky is the author of eight books, including The American Way of Poverty, The House of Twenty Thousand Books, and most recently, Jumping at Shadows. He teaches writing at UC Davis and lives in Sacramento.

About the book

Jumping at Shadows is a searing account of America’s most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. Taking readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where everything from immigration to disease, gun control to health care has become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists, Jumping at Shadows is an eye-popping analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats. What emerges is a shocking portrait of a political and cultural landscape that is, increasingly, defined by our worst fears and rampant anxieties.

Abramsky on tackling fear and how Donald Trump used it in his 2016 presidential campaign.

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.


Sunday, April 29
9:30 am
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