Except from an article first printed in the Hyde Park Herald.

The Department of History at the University of Chicago hosted part one of a lecture series entitled “Understanding the Trump Phenomenon” on Friday, December 2, 2016, at the Math-Stats Building, 5727 S. University Ave. Five professors gave ten-minute presentations from varying perspectives to understand the 2016 election cycle, the rise of Donald Trump, and what lies ahead for the country.


Members of the forum, from left to right: Faith Hillis, Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Kathleen Belew, Paul Cheney, and Adam Green.


Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, associate professor of British history, focused on how world leaders should address global climate change. Many on the right do not see global warming as an issue. In November of 2012 Donald Trump posted his views on global warming on Twitter, “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese to make US manufacturing non-competitive.” Jonsson said that climate change is vital and that it is important that all governments acknowledge the issue.

Kathleen Belew, assistant professor of US history, focused on white nationalist groups and the impact that they have had historically in the country. Faith Hillis, assistant professor of Russian history, drew connections to Russian politics and its influence on the election cycle. Hillis noted that there was a rise in illiberalism [in Russia].

The second of the lecture series will be offered in January, and details for the event are still being decided.

By Tonia Hill, staff writer, Hyde Park Herald, t.hill@hpherald.com