Don't Blame Us Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party

book cover: don't blame us
Friday, February 8, 2019
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Harris Room (119 Moses Hall)
UC Berkeley

It's time to mark your calendar and place your book order for the first APHS meeting of the semester! Our next session will take place at 12pm on Friday, February 8th in the Harris Room (119 Moses Hall) of the Institute for Governmental Studies.

We are thrilled to welcome Lily Geismer, Associate Professor of History at Claremont McKenna college. Her research focuses on 20th century political history in the United States, especially liberalism. Her book Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party (Princeton, 2015) traces the reorientation of modern liberalism and the Democratic Party away from their roots in labor union halls of northern cities to white-collar professionals in postindustrial high-tech suburbs by focusing on the Route 128 corridor around Boston. She shows how the suburban-centered priorities of knowledge-oriented professionals contributed directly to the transformation of liberalism itself and the persistence of racial segregation and socioeconomic inequality. Her new project Doing Good: The Democrats and Neoliberalism from the War on Poverty to the Clinton Foundation explores the Democratic Party’s promotion of market-based solutions to problems of social inequality especially during the Clinton era. Geismer will discuss the implications and potential trade-offs of these suburban-centered and market-based approaches for the past, present, and future of the Democratic Party. 

Given budgetary constraints, it's imperative that we get an accurate head count for both lunch and book orders, with your book order reflecting a commitment to attend the seminar. With that in mind, if you plan on attending and need a copy of the book, please RSVP by filling out the following google form.

 Lunch will be provided - along with books (to be distributed a week or two in advance).  Hope to see you there.