News | 22 September 2016

Anger in Politics: From Shakespeare to Donald Trump


What place does anger have in public life?

Should we welcome the expression of anger in our elections and political deliberations, or does the common good depend on the existence of political institutions and processes from which anger and other strong emotions are excluded?

Has the failure of those institutions and processes prompted much of the acrimony, hostility, and rage that we have witnessed—or felt—in this election cycle?

And is it possible that the theater might shine a light on something important about such questions that we might not discover by other means?

On the eve of a historic election, the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at UC Santa Cruz—in collaboration with the Humanities research group Shakespeare Workshop—will present a public conversation about anger and politics, from Shakespeare to Donald Trump.

It all takes place on Tuesday, October 18, at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz, beginning at 6 p.m.

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