October 31, 2017

6:00PM - 7:00PM
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
  • Naomi Waltham-Smith

    Assistant Professor of Music

Listening Under Global Trumpism

Penn Lightbulb Cafe

The crisis of political legitimacy and the collapse of the center left that have fueled the rise of the far right are often described as a failure to listen. Within this context, Dr. Waltham-Smith will examine how neoliberalism has transformed the way we hear, leading to a crisis of listening, and how studying the soundscapes of protest can provide new insights about a phenomenon that might be called global Trumpism. Dr. Waltham-Smith will share field recordings she made at marches, demonstrations, and occupations in the U.S., the U.K., and France in response to the Brexit referendum, the election of Trump, and the French presidential-election campaign.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.