IU Press author Dr. Bill Ivey recently led a brownbag discussion on campus at Indiana University Bloomginton.
The Folklore and Ethnomusicology Department's Visiting Research Scholar and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Ivey's book, Folklore, is due to be released by IU Press later this year.
In Folklore, Ivey argues that the world today is being reshaped by the end of the Enlightenment. In the 18th and 19th century, imperialism and colonialism spread Enlightenment values around the world. Through the 20th century, civilization believed this universal commitment to human rights would be permanent.
Today that assumption is under threat. Contemporary public intellectuals have entirely missed this truth, leading them to offer incomplete or unhelpful analyses of the current global situation, and inadequate prescriptions for a way forward.
In this brownbag, Ivey addresses those claims and his book as a whole. Watch it below: