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Adult Education - Issues of Our Times: Extremism

Monday, October 18, 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Between 1920 and 1925 Colorado went from virtually no Ku Klux Klan presence to the most active Klan organization in the country. The Governor, Mayor of Denver (along with other major cities), and majorities in both the Colorado House and Senate were active Klansmen in 1925. The explosive growth was due in large part to a shift in focus from racial superiority to religious preservation. The Klan shifted their attacks to the emerging catholic and Jewish populations and positioned themselves as protectors of protestant ideals and culture. This mix of an idealized identity under attack and the existential threat posed by the “other” continue to serve as the cornerstones of extremist’s ideology today. This talk will explore the dominant white supremacist groups in Colorado, their tactics, and potential threat as well as counter-measures we can engage in to curb their appeal.

Dr. Pace serves as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Community College of Aurora where he previously served as Dean of Academic Affairs and Concurrent Enrollment, Chair of Social Sciences, and Political Science Faculty. He developed CCA’s nationally recognized Model United Nations program, which includes more than 300 students on CCA’s campus, as well as a delegation that competes at the international conference in New York. Dr. Pace also piloted an Institute for Civic Engagement at CCA, which includes Aurora’s first Great Decisions Discussion Group that is part of the Foreign Policy Association’s program and continues to work and lecture in the fields of human rights, international relations, and countering violent extremism. Prior to joining CCA, Dr. Pace taught at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and was a lecturer at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His educational background includes three Political Science degrees: a doctorate from the University of Denver, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

 

Bobby Pace

 

 

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