Literature Program

Friday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m.


UB Humanities Institute & Hallwalls present

Richard Cohen

Scholars @ Hallwalls

Note earlier start time for this particular Scholars@Hallwalls event.

These monthly presentations feature one fellow's research in an engaging lecture with lively follow-up conversation. This year's lineup highlights the interdisciplinary range of humanities research at UB.

Talks are on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and are free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are served.

"Capitalism, Globalization and Fascism"

Richard Cohen (Professor, Jewish Thought)

Capitalism is not merely an economic system but represents also a devaluation of all values, with money, a means, serving as the only "value." As such capitalism destroys all alternative value, undermining the dignity and solidarity of persons. In view of such capitalist nihilism, fascism promises to restore lost values, but in fact serves only as a violent cover for the ruling class of billionaires and multi-millionaires. The fascist regimes of early and mid-twentieth century in Italy, Germany and Spain, as well as more recent neo-fascist movements will be considered.