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2016-2017: Post-Racial Futures?

All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Thursday, Sep 22 - Milton S.F. Curry Associate Dean of Academic and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Architecture,
University of Michigan
"The Racial After-Image of Architecture Ideology"
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium
Thurs Oct 13 - Sue J. Kim Co-Director of the Center for Asian American Studies, and the Nancy K. Donahue Endowed Professor in the Arts,
University of Massachusetts Lowell
"Postmodern Fatigue: Post-Racial Fallacies"
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium
Thurs Mar 2 - Alexandre Da Costa Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta "Towards a Hemispheric Critique of the Post-racial"
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium
Thurs Apr 13 - Kirsten Pai Buick Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico "Slavery Makes the Woman: Historical and Racial Linkages in the Creative Practices of Mary Edmonia Lewis and Kara Walker"
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium
Poster for 2016-17 - Post-Racial Futures?

2015-2016: Posthuman Futures

All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Thurs Sept 17 - Debra Hawhee Professor of English, Penn State University "Aristotle and Animal Feeling"
Thurs Oct 29 - Zakiyyah Iman Jackson Assistant Professor of English, George Mason University "The Blackness of Space Between Matter and Meaning"
Thurs Mar 3 - Saya Woolfalk Independent Artist "Saya Woolfalk: World Builder"
Thurs Mar 31 - John Durham Peters Professor of Communication Studies, University of Iowa "Do Clouds Have Meaning? On the Relation Between Media and Nature"

States of Exception
2014 - 2015

Thurs Oct 2 - Ursula Heise Professor, Department of English/Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, UCLA "BioCities: Urban Futures and the Reinvention of Nature"
Thurs Nov 6 - Gregg Lambert Dean's Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University "To Have Done with the State of Exception"
Thurs Mar 19 - Adam Kotsko Assistant Professor of Humanities, Shimer College "The Prince of This World: The Devil and Political Theology"
Thurs Apr 2 - Siva Vaidhyanathan Robertson Professor in Media studies, University of Virginia "The Operating System of Your Life: How Tech Companies and Big Data Govern Your Identity, Knowledge, and Refrigerator"
Mar 13 - Cristina Rodríguez Professor of Law, Yale Law School "Immigration Reform and the Political Value of Manufactured Crises"
Poster for 2014-15
Poster for 2013-14

Economies of Crisis/Crises of Economies
2013 - 2014

Oct 24 - Carsten Strathausen Professor of German and English, University of Missouri "Bio-Capitalism and the Crisis of Economics"
Nov 7 - Joshua Clover Professor of English, University of California - Davis "Is Crisis Theory?"
Feb 27 - Dierdre McCloskey Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois-Chicago "Humanomics: Or, Why Neo-Classical, Neo-Marxist, and Neo-Institutionalist Views of History and the Economy are Wrong"
Mar 13 - Cristina Rodríguez Professor of Law, Yale Law School "Immigration Reform and the Political Value of Manufactured Crises"
Rescheduled for Spring 2015
Apr 10 - Imre Szeman Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies, and Sociology at the University of Alberta "On Empty: The Cultural Politics of Oil"

Aesthetics/Performance/Politics
2012 - 2013

Oct 11 - Mark Greif Assistant Professor of Literary Studies, New School University, and editor of N+1 Magazine "Reality in America: A Counter-Aesthetic for the Present"
Nov 29 - Lutz Koepnick Professor of German, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis "Cave/Cinema: Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotton Dreams and the Politics of Time"
Feb 21 - E. Patrick Johnson Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University "Going Home Ain't Always Easy: Performance and Ethics in the Black Gay South"
Mar 28 - Kristin Ross Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University "Communal Luxury"
Poster for 2012-13
Poster for 2011-12

Biopower/Biopolitics
2011 - 2012

Oct 13 - Sara Guyer Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin "'A Poet is born not made:' John Clare's Grave and the Politics of Life"
Nov 17 - Jodi Dean Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges "Communicative Capitalism: This is what Democracy Looks Like"
Mar 29 - Michael Hardt Professor of Literature and Italian Studies, Duke University
Professor of Political Literature, European Graduate School
"What to Do in a Crisis: A Biopolitical New Deal"
Apr 12 - Cesare Casarino Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota "Universalism of the Common"

The Political Turn
2010 - 2011

Nov 11 - Dr. Steven Shaviro DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University "'Despite everything I am still not ashamed of my Communist past:' Some Revolutionary Thoughts on Eastern European Film"
Nov 18 - Dr. Jeffrey T. Nealon Liberal Arts Research Professor of English, Penn State "Can Literature Be Equipment for Post-Postmodern Living?"
Mar 31 - Dr. Sande Cohen Emeritus Professor of Critical Studies, California Institute for the Arts
Distinguished Visiting Professor
"Criticism in the Age of Anti-Intellectualism"
Apr 21 - Dr. Ernesto Laclau Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Essex
Distinguished Visiting Professor
"The Discursive Construction of Social Antagonisms"
Poster for 2010-11