Josiah Ober discusses an ancient Greek case study that points to a self-enforcing equilibrium in which citizens have the motive and means to coordinate against threats to democratic order.
According to Cathy N. Davidson, we are on the threshold of a monumental transformation in higher education, one aimed at the needs and expectations of the next generation of resilient, connected, self-paced, peer-inspired, creative, multidisciplinary, and multicultural global learners.
An internationally respected feminist geography, Victoria Lawson considers the ethics of care in the global era in this lecture.
As political parties fail to represent their constituencies, people are re-learning to represent themselves through performance, art, and activism. Diana Taylor explores this intersection of scholarship, artistic expression, and politics.
Doris Sommer discusses how community-based educators, activists, artists, and intellectuals combine politics and pedagogy in civic cultural experiments to engage publics in acts of community building and in democratic social change.
Interested in the intersections of art, history, and science, Linda Bierds’ poems feature rich portraits of historical figures beyond their great achievements. She situates them in intimate, everyday moments, and by doing so presents the unique ways in which each interprets the world.
In his Katz lecture, Raymond Jonas chronicles the story of the Battle of Adwa in Ethiopia and its aftermath, probing the world historical implications of an event that determined the color of Africa.
Robin D.G. Kelley’s work explores the history of black radical movements, the location of public intellectual work in contemporary social movements, and the role of the imagination in transformational politics. In this talk he discusses modern jazz in revolutionary times.
A renowned art historian, T. J. Clark speaks on Picasso’s conception of space and his struggle in the 1920s and 1930s to find a convincing alternative to the intimate, proximate “room-space” of Cubism.
In this lecture Richard Gray engages the conflicts between poetic technique and historical reliability that haunt contemporary German Holocaust literature.
Dipesh Chakrabarty talks on the science of climate change and its impact on historical thinking.
David Knechtges reframes European lyric traditions and visual conventions through the rhapsodic poetry of Xie Lingyun, engaging questions of sensual experience, philosophical knowledge, and spiritual truth.
Steven Ungar is a scholar of twentieth-century French literature, intellectual history, and film. In this lecture he discusses documentary film.
With a varied background in activism, journalism, and urban studies, Mike Davis speaks explores alternative forms of dual power that have arisen in the vacuum of public services and legitimate government in poor cities across the world.
Known for her subtle and sophisticated interpretations of political theory and practice, Wendy Brown addresses the curious phenomenon that finds nation-states building physical walls at their borders.
Vicente Rafael works across three languages and three centuries of modern empire. His lectures focuses on questions about the historical, political, and pragmatic relationship between translation and empire.
Derek Attridge addresses the questions of what we might learn—of receptivity, of otherness, and of responsibility—by way of reading.
A model of interdisciplinarity, Charles Johnson discusses his personal journey in finding his passions as an artist, a writer, and a scholar in this talk. He explores how various interrelated factors such as race, culture, faith, and history converged to shape his work.
Derek Gregory explores the strategic geographical sites of the global war prison including Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraid, Bagram, and the so-called ‘Black Sites,’ showing how they are produced through constantly shifting folds between law and violence.
Geoffrey Parker’s talk brings the historical perspective of climate change in seventeenth-century Europe to bear on current discussions about environmental policies, international politics, and globalization.
Alain Badiou is a poet, playwright, critic, screenwriter, aesthetician, and political activist in addition to his work as a scholar. In this talk he discusses the relationship between politics, democracy, and philosophy.
Richard Saloman discusses the discovery of the earliest surviving Buddhist texts and their implications on the Buddhist tradition.
Internationally known philosopher Alexander Nehamas discusses the importance of beauty, and why it has been discredited as a philosophical notion.
One of the world’s foremost experts on ancient Indian history, Romila Thapar discusses differing interpretations of early Indian history in this lecture.
Writer, editor, broadcaster, and critical commentator on Islam, culture, and science, Ziauddin Sardar is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals. In this lecture he discusses Islam and modernity.
Herbert Blau draws upon his memories and plumbs his beginning in the mean and ugly Brooklyn streets and the unlikely connection that informed his subsequent life as a director, an educator, and as a writer.
Marjorie Perloff, one of America’s most prominent critics of contemporary poetry, is renowned for her study of the avant-garde. In this talk she discusses modernism and poetry.
In this talk, Anthony Vidler shares his historical and theoretical insights concerning the complex and difficult relationship between politics, social thought, and architectural design.
Poet Heather McHugh has published a number of award-winning collections. In this lecture she discusses her poetry about art and the senses.
Antonio Damasio discusses emotions, feelings, and social behavior as related to the brain in this Katz lecture.
Susan Jeffords explores what stories about fathers and sons look like in a post-September 11 environment.