From the Reagan Revolution to the Trump Insurrection: The Role of the Religious Imaginary in American Politics, with Diane Winston

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

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How did Ronald Reagan’s vision of the American Dream lead to Donald Trump’s success? Looking back to 1983, Diane Winston will discuss how evangelical religion, the news media, and social turmoil culminated in MAGA’s Second Coming. Winston shows that many journalists uncritically adopted Reagan’s religious rhetoric and broadcast his otherwise unpopular evangelical ideas about limited government and individual responsibility. Winston’s lecture is based on her recent book, Righting the American Dream: How the Media Mainstreamed Reagan’s Evangelical Vision.

Diane Winston is Knight Chair in Media and Religion, and Professor of Journalism and Communication, at the University of Southern California. A former journalist, Winston received a PhD in Religion from Princeton. She has written or edited seven books. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Wall Street Journal.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, Department of History, and the Center for Cold War Studies at UCSB.

Copies of Winston's new book will be sold by Chaucer's Books at the event.