The answer is: This author, 'Jeopardy!' champ will take part in online conversation with Eagle

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PITTSFIELD — As far as resumes go, Tom Nichols' is pretty unique.

He is a five-time "Jeopardy!" champion, published author, professor at the U.S. Naval War College and one of the leading anti-Donald Trump conservative voices.

Next week, he will be discussing those experiences and more as he joins Berkshire Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran in an online conversation sponsored by Berkshire Community College's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The event, which will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, via Zoom, is free, but RSVP is required at Registration is available until the event starts.

Over 400 people have registered, according to OLLI Executive Director Megan Whilden.

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Nichols is the author of "The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters," which provides a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the information age. The book examines why democratic institutions are in danger of falling to either populism or technocracy when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else.

"It was published in 2017 about the changes in public discourse where people may not believe in experts anymore," Whilden said. "Since the book was written, that has only become more prominent. I look forward to hearing him talk about that in the context of current events like the presidential election and so forth."

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Nichols has written several books on foreign policy and international security affairs, including "The Sacred Cause: Civil-Military Conflict Over Soviet National Security," "No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security," "Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War" and "The Russian Presidency." In 2017, he was named to Politico's Top 50 list of ideas that are blowing up American politics and the people behind them.

Nichols also is a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School and former aide in the U.S. Senate.

In addition, he serves as a senior adviser to the Lincoln Project, a group dedicated to holding accountable those who violate their oaths to the Constitution. The group's mission is to defeat President Donald Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box, according to its website.

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The Lincoln Project is "basically a group of current and former Republicans supporting [Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe] Biden," Whilden said.

"He's very outspoken on Twitter," Whilden said, referring to Nichols.

Nichols is a five-time undefeated "Jeopardy!" champion who ranks as one of the all-time players of the popular television game show. He was invited back to play in "Jeopardy's" 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions.

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