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Out of the Identity Trap

Politics & Public Policy

Out of the Identity Trap

The Origins and Limitations of “Wokeness" in Achieving Equality

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"If you trace the intellectual history of these ideas, you see that the claims of its originators are much more subconsciously controversial." – Yascha Mounk, Ph.D.

The phrases "woke" and "anti-woke" have entered the general lexicon in recent years, providing combative fodder to both sides of the debate, and fueling division in American discourse. But what are the origins and consequences of so-called “wokeness?"

In Yascha Mounk's previous visit to the City Club, he discussed shifts in the global thoughts about democracy, how we got here, and how it can be saved. Mounk has built his acclaimed scholarly career on being one of the first to warn of the risks right-wing populists pose to American democracy. Now, Mounk joins us once again to discuss his latest book that tackles the appeal and limitations of identity-based politics--which has rapidly transformed America and college campuses across the country. He calls it the "identity trap," and argues those on the left and center who are stuck in the identity trap will ultimately make it harder to achieve progress toward genuine equality.

Yascha Mounk, Ph.D. is a political scientist known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. He is a professor of the practice of international affairs at Johns Hopkins University, the founder of the digital magazine Persuasion, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Identity Trap is his fifth book.


After the forum, a book signing with the author will be available. Mac's Backs will be on site for book sales. City Club members receive a 20% discount.

The book is also available for pre-order here for pick up at Mac's Backs, or the City Club. In the comment section at check out, let Mac's Backs know where you would like to pick up your copy.


The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Send a text to 330.541.5794.

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