In a recent poll, three-quarters of Americans said they believed that a group of unelected government and military officials are secretly manipulating national policy. To conservatives, the “deep state” is an ever-expanding government bureaucracy, an “administrative state” that relentlessly encroaches on the individual rights of Americans. Liberals, on the other hand, fear the “military-industrial complex” — a cabal of generals and defense contractors who they believe routinely push the country into endless wars. But what is the American “deep state”? Does it really exist?
An online lecture presented by the University of New England Center for Global Humanities will take up these questions on Monday, October 26 at 6 p.m., when David Rohde presents “The American Deep State.” The lecture will be streamed live to the Center’s Maine, national, and global communities. Viewers will also have the opportunity to submit questions electronically during the Q&A portion of the presentation.
Rohde serves as the executive editor for news at newyorker.com. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, he is also a former reporter for Reuters, the New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. His most recent book, In Deep: The F.B.I., the C.I.A., and the Truth about America’s “Deep State,” has been widely reviewed and lauded since its release in April 2020.
This will be the third lecture of the academic year at the Center for Global Humanities, where events are always free, open to the public, and streamed live online. For more information and to watch the event, please visit: https://www.une.edu/events/2020/american-deep-state