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FASCISM For many years a taboo subject for all but a small number of specialists primarily in the fields of history and political science and treated as an aberration in discussions of Western Culture fascism has returned with a vengeance The resurgence of extreme right wing and neo-fascist movements in Europe and throughout the world in the last fifteen years have of course played a major and indeed chilling role in this return So too have revelations concerning fascist involvements on the part of major intellectual figures and artists whose work has had a profound inuence in shaping modern and postmodern culture Fascism in short can no longer be considered a short-lived aberration but must be dealt with as an ongoing presence in our cultural and political heritage Richard Golsans talk will pursue these observations and attempt to assess why fascism remains a scandal which we are still not able to cope with culturally or politically WHAT is the Spectacular State The Spectacular State Fascism and the Modern Imagination is a public forum happening in which brings together artists activists and scholars to generate critical discussion about the various characteristics and consequences of fascism in its historical and contemporary contexts The forum will include film and video screenings art exhibitions lectures panels and roundtable discussions at a number of different venues WHY Look at Fascism Now There are many reasons why a public forum dedicated to the critical examination of fascism is especially urgent The most immediate and obvious is the resurgence of neo-nazism and the extreme right and the subsequent need to understand how these movements operate so that they can be more effectively resisted Nineteen ninety-five marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the European Holocaust and the beginning of international recognition of its crimes and atrocities Although this part of history has had a pivotal role in contemporary understanding of fascism we are
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