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Works-In-Progress Lecture Series

March 26, 2014

"On Black Radical Politics in the Age of Perpetual War"

Justin Leroy, AADS Dissertation Fellow, Lyons Hall 301, 12 pm

This talk will examine commonplace understanding of black progress and black history, asking whether black radical politics are possible in the current age of perpetual warfare, and what those politics mights look like.

April 09, 2014

“The Old Neighborhood: The Problem of South Shore”

Carlo Rotella, Lyons Hall 301, 12 pm

South Shore, a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, has attracted all sorts of intellectuals whose work involves thinking about city life.  Despite these efforts, South Shore remains a remarkably difficult subject, characterized by neat bungalow blocks, desolate commercial strips, and a persistently high murder rate.  This unique inner-city fails to fit in the usual categories (ghetto, middle-class enclave, gentrifying neighborhood, etc.), appears to promise a crucial lesson of wider significance that remains to be uncovered.

April 16, 2014

“Dead Letter: Is the United States Constitution Unamendable?”

Richard Albert, Lyons Hall 301, 12 pm

Article V of the U.S. Constitution outlines a detailed procedure for constitutional amendment, yet the most recent successful amendment was ratified roughly one generation ago, despite the recent numerous efforts to amend it. The road through Article V appears closed, but why?  This lecture explores these and other related questions about amending the U.S. Constitution.

New Directions in African Diaspora Studies

February 20, 2014

"Picturing Violence: Framing, Making, and Unmaking Communities"

Prof. Deborah Thomas, Devlin 101, 4:30 pm

This talk will examine the making of visual archives of state violence to the role of visual culture in producing, reproducing, challenging, and/or undermining a sense of collectivity, as well as revealing something about the temporalities to which this imaging of collectivity is tethered.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Novelist and Short Story Writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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