What Are We So Afraid Of? The Role of Fear in Our Lives

About the Panelists

Leo Braudy is an acclaimed film critic and the author of Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds; The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History; and Jean Renoir: The World of His Films, among many other titles. He is a University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair of English and American literature at USC.



Barry Glassner is the author of the best-selling book The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things and The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat. A sociology professor, Glassner has served as president of Lewis & Clark College and executive vice provost at USC.



Varun Soni (moderator) is the dean of Religious Life at USC, a University Fellow at USC Annenberg’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and a member of the State Bar of California and the American Academy of Religion. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement and is the author of Natural Mystics: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.