The Death of Expertise: Professor Tom Nichols on the Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters

  • Wednesday, September 02, 2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom

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The Death of Expertise:

The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

A Live, Online Conversation With Author, Commentator and Professor Tom Nichols and Kevin Moran, Executive Editor of the Berkshire Eagle

Wednesday, September 2, 7pm EDT
Online via Zoom & free. RSVP to attend.

Technology and increasing levels of education have provided access to more information than ever before. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information has helped create an army of ill informed citizens. When ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy or, in the worst case, a combination of both. The Death of Expertise issues a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age that is even more important today.

"Nichols' perspective is an essential one if we are to begin digging ourselves out of the hole we find ourselves in."-National Public Radio

"A sweeping indictment of the deliberate, widespread and ultimately self-destructive devaluing of knowledge in America."-Politico



Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School, and a former aide in the U.S. Senate. He is also the author of several works on foreign policy and international security affairs, including The Sacred Cause, No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security, Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War, and The Russian Presidency. In 2017, he was named to Politico's TOP 50 list of ideas that are blowing up American politics, and the people behind them.

 Nichols is a senior advisor to the Lincoln Project and a frequent news commentator.  He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, and as one of the all-time top players of the game, he was invited back to play in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Nichols' can be found on Twitter at @RadioFreeTom.

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We are grateful to Berkshire Gas, Berkshire Bank and the Berkshire Eagle for
co-sponsoring the talk.


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