Willamette U Think asks “Is Barack Obama a Socialist?”

Willamette University's U Think series will explore the meanings of various political ideologies, such as socialism and Marxism, by considering policies implemented by the Obama administration in historical context.

Willamette history professor and socialism expert Bill Smaldone will deliver the talk at Brown's Towne Lounge Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. U Think is free, and the venue is open to adults 21 and over.

Smaldone is the author of "Confronting Hitler: German Social Democrats in Defense of the Weimar Republic, 1929-1933," and he is currently writing a textbook on socialism.

Willamette U Think features professors in an informal environment. Presentations are geared for the public, and no background knowledge is needed. A question and answer session will follow the talk.

Brown's Towne Lounge is in the heart of downtown Salem at 189 Liberty St. NE, between Court and State Streets. Tables fill quickly, so arrive early to enjoy food and drink specials before the discussion.