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Author Event: On Inhumanity
Please join Longfellow Books and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance on Tuesday, September 8th at 7pm for a conversation with David Livingstone Smith about his new book On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It.
In this timely book, Smith offers insight into the process by which one is encouraged to view a particular group of people as subhuman. He deconstructs ideological structures that allow for dehumanization and explores how those ideas and structures have been used politically to justify dehumanization, exploitation, and mass murder. Examples that make his case include dehumanization during chattle slavery, the Holocaust, and of the Vietnamese people during the Vietnam war and immigrants to America during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. For those who wish to learn more there are numerous suggestions for further reading, but this text stands on its own, offering a solid entry-point for those grappling with the psychological and political workings of white supremacy, xenophobia, and other forms of us-versus-them thinking.
To register for this free event, please use this link:https://mailchi.mp/mainewriters/davidsmith
About the author:
David Livingstone Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. He has written or edited eight books, including Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others (St. Martin's Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for nonfiction. His work has been translated into seven languages. David is an interdisciplinary scholar, whose publications are cited not only by other philosophers, but also by historians, legal scholars, psychologists, and anthropologists. He has been featured in several prime-time television documentaries, is often interviewed and cited in the national and international media, and was a guest at the 2012 G20 economic summit, where he spoke about dehumanization and mass violence.