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Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Loyola University)

June 27, 2017, 4 p.m., SB II 01-531

What is the state of US conservatism? Arguably, the conservative movement has been one of the most powerful and successful uprisings in twentieth-century American history and perhaps the whole of US history. However, reassessing its sixty year trajectory raises serious questions about how powerful and unified it was but also suggests this supposed juggernaut may also be so fractured that both the movement and the Republican Party cannot govern now or in the foreseeable future.

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer is an assistant professor of history at Loyola University Chicago. She has written extensively on US politics and economics for academic and popular audiences. She is currently finishing a new book on the history of the student loan industry titled Indentured Students.