The Origin of Fascism, a Spirit & Place Festival Event


The Origin of Fascism: Divide and Rule Tactics is a panel discussion designed to explore the origin of fascism and how it is fueled by the successful use of divide and rule tactics, and to provide actionable steps that can be taken by individuals to create unity where there is division. Expert panelists will discuss what divide and rule tactics are and the historical use of these tactics, key people past and present, and tips for having productive conversations across political lines. The goal is for attendees to leave the event equipped with all the information needed to discuss hot button political topics, particularly with others with whom they may believe they have nothing in common. This is a timely discussion, as the event will take place immediately following the 2020 election, the current political climate is rife with divisiveness, and the world is clutched by the fear of a global pandemic. 

Panelists are Kass Botts, Mark Bray, Carolina Castoreno-Santana, Rand Warden, and Jakobi Williams.



The Athenaeum, formerly known as the Das Deutsche Haus, preserves and enhances its historic German-American landmark to advance the “sound mind in a sound body” values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages diverse communities. Built in 1894, it serves as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups, including the YMCA, Young Actors Theatre and The Rathskeller restaurant. The Athenaeum is listed three times in the National Registry of Historic Places for architecture and historical significance as part of the Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District and as being within the Lockerbie Square historic district.

The ArtSpace gallery will open at 5pm for a reception to view Aaron Scamihorn’s exhibit, The Ronlewhorn Political Circus.

Indiana City Brewing Co. is supporting this event and Aaron Scamihorn’s exhibit with the creation and release of a fruited hazy pale ale.

Many thanks to Nichole Neumann and the Max Kade German-American Center at IUPUI for co-sponsoring this event.


The Spirit & Place Festival (Nov. 5-15) celebrates the powerful role the arts, humanities, and religion play in community life. Housed in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Spirit & Place is celebrating its 25th year. Learn more at


We are taking every precaution we can to ensure the health and safety of our guests. We expect event attendees to do their part to control the spread of Covid-19 by:

  1. Not attending the event if you are not feeling well.
  2. Maintaining at least a 6-foot distance from any person not in your party.
  3. Utilizing the hand sanitizer that will be readily available at the event.
  4. Complying with our mask policy, which is as follows. Masks will be required in all parts of the building and throughout the duration of the event. Parties will be seated a minimum of six-feet apart, and unless a person is actively eating or drinking, they will be expected to keep their mask on – even when seated.

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