Archive for September 10th, 2009

Institute for Pulic Knowledge fall program

September 10, 2009
Rethinking Secularism: the Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

22 October 2009, 5:00 – 9:00p
Cooper Union’s Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at Bowery
Co-sponsors: Social Science Research Council & Stony Brook University
Open to: The public with photo ID and RSVP.

Judith Butler, Jurgen Habermas, Cornel West, and Charles Taylor will meet to discuss secularism. Each speaker is an intellectual leader within their respective fields and well beyond. We anticipate a great deal of interest; please RSVP early to ensure your seat.

More information on each speaker is available by clicking through to the full event announcement (click the event’s title).

Michael Hardt speaking September 17th at Abrons Arts Center

September 10, 2009
“The Metropolis and Common Life”
Michael HARDT and Neil SMITH in dialogue on the themes of “Commonwealth,” Hardt and Negri’s newest book.
THURSDAY, September 17th
7PM (doors at 6PM)
Henry Street Settlement
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY 10002
Free and open to all
Signing Afterwards
“Commonwealth” will be available for purchase (before its official publication date)
Sponsored by THIS IS FOREVER event and discussion series and BLUESTOCKINGS BOOKSTORE
For more information, see:
or (f) 212 777 6026 and (e) malav[at]bluestockings[dot]com

On Thursday, September 17th (7PM), at Abrons Art Center in the Lower East Side, Michael Hardt will be speaking on the publication of “Commonwealth,” his latest book co-authored with Antonio Negri.  When Empire appeared in 2000, it defined the political and economic challenges of the era of globalization and, thrillingly, found in them possibilities for new and more democratic forms of social organization. Now, with Commonwealth, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri conclude the trilogy begun with Empire and continued in Multitude, proposing an ethics of freedom for living in our common world and articulating a possible constitution for our common wealth.

Drawing on scenarios from around the globe and elucidating the themes that unite them, Hardt and Negri focus on the logic of institutions and the models of governance adequate to our understanding of a global commonwealth. They argue for the idea of the “common” to replace the opposition of private and public and the politics predicated on that opposition. Ultimately, they articulate the theoretical bases for what they call “governing the revolution.”
Though this book functions as an extension and a completion of a sustained line of Hardt and Negri’s thought, it also stands alone and is entirely accessible to readers who are not familiar with the previous works. It is certain to appeal to, challenge, and enrich the thinking of anyone interested in questions of politics and globalization.
Michael Hardt will be in dialogue with Neil Smith, renowned critical geographer, about the social relations of the metropolis as they function as the site for the production of common life, the site of hierarchy and exploitation, and the site of antagonism and revolt.