Aspen U Speaker Series

March 10 | Limelight Aspen

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Wayne Hare: Race and the American Experience

March 10, 2022 | Limelight Aspen

For the first time ever, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance finds that “The U.S. has fallen victim to authoritarian tendencies.” Heater Cox Richardson, Boston College History professor, makes an unnerving case that leaders world-wide, including the United States, use racial fear and hate to stir the electorate, with the goal of fundamentally changing the democracy we have always known.

We’re not perfect, but we remain a democracy nevertheless. Wayne Hare guides a conversation about the intersection of race and life in the United States that focuses on the subtle ways politicians and others have always used race to ensure that minorities, specifically Black Americans, never achieve full citizenship or political power.

A career backcountry ranger for the National Park Service, Wayne spent many years patrolling the mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park and Canyonlands National Park, and later the Colorado River for the Bureau of Land Management where he patrolled in western Colorado. He spent several years as assistant director of Outdoor Programs at Dartmouth College and was an instructor for Outward Bound Boston Harbor. A combat veteran, Wayne was a Marine door gunner in Vietnam in 1968. In 2020 he co-founded, where he and others, through writing, film, podcasting, and guided discussions attempts to change the false narrative that America tells itself about race.