Visiting Scholars and Speakers, Fall 2011

Wendy Brown lectures at the UW on neoliberalism.

Wendy Brown (Political Science, University of California, Berkeley) is just one of the many scholars who graced the Simpson Center and the University of Washington with her brilliance in Fall 2011, as part of our programs and events co-sponsored with other campus units.

Additional visiting speakers included:

Sharon Daniel (Film and Media, University of California, Santa Cruz) discussed her new media documentaries and their focus on state institutions, social structures, and economic conditions. 

Jon Beasley Murray (Hispanic Studies, University of British Columbia) gave a talk on posthegemony and affect in conjunction with the New Latin American Cinema and the third annual Seattle Latino Film Festival.

Dale Turner (Government and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College) discussed the evolving idea of Indigenous reconciliation in the context of the recently ratified United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Sabastiaan Faber (Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College) explored Robert Capa’s photograph, “Fallen Soldier,” as part of the UW lecture/film series, Images in Crisis: The Politics of Visual Culture in the Twentieth Century and Beyond.

Benedict Anderson (Emeritus, International and Government Studies, Cornell University) delivered this fall’s Danz lecture, addressing the origins of political shame and the value that should be attached to it.

James Tully (Political Science, University of Victoria) lectured on two overlapping yet distinct traditions of human rights.

Anna Everett (Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) investigated the transformations occurring in American politics and grassroots activism led by youth with the advent of social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Enrique Dussel (Ethics and Politics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), known internationally as one of the founders of Latin American liberation philosophy, discussed the three parts of his “politics of liberation” in lectures on both the UW-Seattle and UW-Tacoma campuses.

Susannah Gottlieb (English, Northwestern University) delivered this fall’s Joff Hanauer Lecture in Western Civilization. She explored the rhythms and themes of W.H. Auden’s poetry in relation to Marianne Moore, D.H. Lawrence, Rilke, and Nietzsche, as he drew in the work of Charles Norris Cochrane, Eugen Rosenstock Huessey, and Denis de Rougemont.

Boreth Ly (Southeast Asian Art History and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz) explored how a legacy of displacement has affected Cambodian cultural identity and sense of community. His talk contextualized Compound, an installation by Sopheap Pich on view at the Henry Art Gallery.

Wendy Brown (Political Science, University of California, Berkeley) offered a theoretical analysis tracing how neoliberalism shapes agency and how that impacts political possibilities for leftist projects.

Mary Russo (Literature and Critical Theory, Hampshire College) delivered a keynote lecture in conjunction with the Henry Art Gallery’s exhibition Carolee Schneemann: Within and Beyond the Premises.