Does history make protest or does protest make history? Do protests rise up through the fissures and structural instabilities of systems (e.g., capitalist, liberal, racial, environmental, sex/gender systems)? Or does protest create those fissures and instabilities? Do all the massive protests underway around the world since 2011, starting in Tunisia, share a time frame, an epoch, or are they making a time frame and thus making history? These are central questions of social theory today on the…
Presenter Scott Lemieux Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:30PM Miller Forum, Moyer Hallin 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that an important provision of the Voting Rights Act exceeded the powers of Congress. This talk will explain how the Supreme Court came to believe that a statute that passed with nearly unanimous support of Congress and is explicitly authorized by the 15th Amendment was unconstitutional. I will view Shelby County in the context of other attempts by the Supreme…
Erik LoomisU. Rhode IslandThis talk will provide a quick history of resistance among the peoples of the Pennsylvania coal fields from the 19th century to the present, focusing on how corporate domination of the area, its people, and its natural resources has shaped residents' responses to the challenges of living in this resource-rich region. From the first coal strikes in the mid 19th century to the protests over fracking and President Obama's so-called "war on coal" today,…
David PellowU. MinnesotaMonday, October 20, 2014To what extent are radical environmental and animal liberation movements also struggles over social inequality? In other words, to what degree are these movements that are typically seen as primarily focused on defending nonhuman animals and ecosystems also confronting oppression within human communities? What are the implications of the ‘eco-terrorist’ label that states, corporations, and media impose on these groups? I consider these…
On December 5, 2014, Muhlenberg College announced that John Williams, Jr. will become the next president of the college when current president, Randy Helm, steps down on July 1, 2014. MBC News' Jonathan Haab has more...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:30 PM Miller Forum, Moyer HallEboo Patel is a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and president of the Interfaith Youth Core. Religious and non-religious identities can serve as a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. In an increasingly pluralistic society, what knowledge base and skill do we need to create these bridges? Patel's answer is interfaith…
Amaney Jamal is Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Her books include Barriers to Democracy, which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world. Jamal's talk will examine various aspects of civility and disobedience within Palestinian politics.
SRSJ Plenary Lecture by Kylee Sunderlin
Donna Murch is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her interests include the urban history of California and New York; Civil Rights, Black Power and postwar social movements; history of policing and prisons; and the political economy of drugs.
"Bodies in Plural: Toward an Anarchafeminist Manifesto" by Prof. Chiara Bottici,
Center For Ethics-"Resistance in the Pennsylvania Coal Country: Past and Present"
Robert Epstein Lecture, "The New Mind Control"
Edward Bollard, Jr. ’79 - ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT IN MEDICINE
"Radical Politics, State Repression, and the Problem of ‘Eco-Terrorism’"
Center For Ethics-"Silencing Protest: On the Ethics and Politics of Social Theory"
An Evening of Distinction
Dawn Porter: "Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration."
Center For Ethics-"From the Party of Lincoln to the Party of Calhoun: The Supreme Court and Voting Rights in Historical Perspective"
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