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Telling the Truth 2020: Amy Chua, author of "Political Tribes"

"It goes back to this 'tribalism.' People who think that they're being really inclusive and universal are often much more exclusionary than they think."

-- Amy Chua


Welcome to our second day of Telling the Truth 2020, the New York State Writers Institute's virtual symposium on politics, tribalism, polarization, and the future of democracy.



Day 2: Amy Chua Political Tribes Video Premiere 11 a.m. Thursday, November 12 - Link to video


Amy Chua is the bestselling author of Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (2018), a book that has helped to frame and define the current conversation about the nature of identity politics. Buy the book. Tom Brokaw said, “Amy Chua’s insightful, provocative and deeply troubling book is the place to begin our long overdue national discussion on how to repair the deep divisions in the American political landscape. Political Tribes is a wakeup call to the dangers of surrendering national unity to a fractured landscape of feuding and narrow interests.” Tim Wu said, "A page turner and revelation, Political Tribes will change the way you think.” Chua's runaway global bestseller, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011), examined differences between Western and Chinese parenting. Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by both The Economist and the U.K.'s Guardian as one of the Best Books of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance-and Why They Fall, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller.

More at www.amychua.com and law.yale.edu/amy-chua

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“It’s our hope that Telling the Truth 2020 will be a force for good and will provide a public service by bringing together experts with a wide range of perspective. We want these events to be conversations of healing, of finding common ground, and of listening respectfully to viewpoints different than our own. We hope this weeklong symposium will build bridges of empathy rather than erecting more walls of fear and hatred.”

-- Paul Grondahl, Director of the NYS Writers Institute.

All events are free and open to the public. No registration required.


Events will be available at www.youtube.com/NYSWritersInstitute. ​Videos will premiere at 11 a.m. and can be viewed at your convenience at any time following their launch. Many of the conversations were recorded before Election Day. More at at www.nyswritersinstitute.org/tellingthetruth2020


Telling the Truth 2020 is the Writers Institute’s third major event of the fall season, following the Albany Book Festival in September and the Time for Reckoning Symposium in October. It is also the third time the Institute has turned its attention to issues of truth-telling, journalism, and ethics. A three-day Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World event was held in 2017 and Telling the Truth: A Symposium on the Craft of Nonfiction took place in 1991.


Telling the Truth 2020 is presented by the New York State Writers Institute with special thanks to The Maguire Family Endowment at the NYSWI, The Opalka Family Endowment, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, The University at Albany Foundation, and WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

NYS Writers Institute

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University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442-5620

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