Press Release: Sarah Wiloarty, Wesleyan University

Media Contact:
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Sarah Wiliarty, Associate Professor Wesleyan University, presents “The Rise of Populism in Europe

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council meeting takes place on December 12 at Connecticut College, New London, CT

$20 for the General Public; Free for SECWAC members, students and educators

Waterford, CT (November 26, 2019) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Sarah Wiliarty is to speak on the rise of populism in Europe and elsewhere at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday December 12 at the Crozier Williams Building, Connecticut College New London, CT.

From Brexit to the Alternative for Germany to recent governments in Italy and Austria, the rise of populism across Europe (and elsewhere) has been one of the most noteworthy political trends of the last five years.  But what exactly is “Populism”?  How can we understand its appeal and assess the chances of success for populist movements in various contexts?  This presentation investigates causes and consequences of this disturbing recent trend.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the main event beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is a part of the SECWAC 2019-2020 Speaker Series. For non-members, tickets ($20) may be purchased at the door; ticket cost can subsequently be applied towards a SECWAC membership.  Attendance is free for SECWAC members (and their guests). Membership September 2019 through June 2020 is $85 per person; $25 for young professionals under 35; free for area college and high school students; a corporate rate of $1,000 is also available, with unlimited access for employees.

Pre-register for the event at

Immediately following the presentation, SECWAC meeting attendees have the option for $40 to attend a dinner with the speaker at Connecticut College.  Reservations are required by Friday, December 6, at 860-912-5718 or online at

Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board. Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at or 860-388-9241.


Sarah Elise Wiliarty is Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. She is also affiliated with the departments of German Studies and Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well as the College of Social Studies. Her research interests include political parties, women and politics, and West European politics with a particular focus on Germany. She is the author of a book on German Christian Democracy entitled Bringing Women to the Party: The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany. She has also published articles in German Politics, Politics and Gender, and Polity, as well as numerous book chapters.


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.

SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policy makers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Sarah Wiliarty on Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at Crozier Student Center, Connecticut College, New London. Free for members. Annual membership is $85; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details).


Mission Statement

The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.