The “Deep State” In Historical Perspective

The “Deep State” In Historical Perspective


Robert David “KC” Johnson, Moderator

In the Trump era, fulminations against the “deep state” have spread from marginalized extremes on both the left and the right to the center of American political discourse. To provide a dose of reality to the discussions, this Seminar will focus on the “deep state”—the federal law enforcement and intelligence community. Unusually for a democracy, the United States had no national police force, so its path on this issue has departed from comparable governments in Europe, as well as Israel and Australia.
The last 10-15 minutes of each session will discuss contemporary events.
Video will be used.

Session 1 The Federal Government and Law Enforcement
Session 2 The Cold War and Expanding the Federal Government
Session 3 Scandal and Oversight
Session 4 9/11 and Restructuring
Session 5 The “Deep State” and Popular Culture
Session 6 The Modern Era
*NOTE: There are TWO (2) Sections of this Seminar.
Specify your first choice of TIME.

WEDNESDAYS, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   OR
  WEDNESDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

MAR  11, 25 *
APR   15, 29
MAY  13, 27

* March 25 afternoon session will meet at 1:30 p.m.

Cost $500 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $250

Professor Robert David "KC" Johnson

ROBERT DAVID “KC” JOHNSON — Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 2007-2008, he taught at Tel Aviv University as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Johnson received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and his M.A. from the University of Chicago. He has written and edited numerous books about American history, and appears frequently as a pundit on the History Channel. His most recent publication is the edited Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization, published by Palgrave/MacMillan; and he has been selected by Oxford University Press to edit its forthcoming Oxford History Handbook of American Foreign Relations.