Archive for September, 2009

Celebrating Software Freedom from the Rooftops

September 15, 2009

“From Worldviews to the Lifeworld” “From Software to Everywhere”

After Jürgen explains the genealogy of a concept, swing by a beautiful New York City rooftop to celebrate the concrete possibilities of Software Freedom.

Where: 148 Lafayette St, 12th Floor

When: 6pm-10pm, Sat, Sept 19, 2009

RSVP: joshlevy.ny AT gmail

More Info (SFD)

CCC social get-together, September 30

September 14, 2009

On September 30th, 9pm onwards, collective communications campus will host a social get-together for grad students and scholars of communication in the greater New York area. The event is at the Magician, a bar on the Lower East Side. Look for the CCC sign.

Cities and the New Wars, conference at Columbia U

September 14, 2009

September 25, 2009

Cities and the New Wars

Time Friday, 12:00 pm
Type Conference
Location Avery Hall, Wood Auditorium / Google Map
Registration Registration is Encouraged / Sign Up

The conference addresses two major subjects:

The multiple meanings of the new urban wars: asymmetric armed conflict, US Army training for the “urban enemy,” forms of economic violence that kill, cities and urban space as a technology for war, reapropriating the city of fear, civil war refugees and their flight from and to cities, measuring human rights violations during war.

The limits of power and of war: the role of the civic, war and law, the growing global web of interdependencies — all can contest the most powerful states and all can undermine the idea of victory in war. Conditions under which powerlessness becomes complex and transcends mere victimhood.

Arjun Appadurai, The New School; Elazar Barkan, Columbia University; Ted Byfield, Parsons the New School of Design; Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University; video artist Tony Conrad; artist Susan Crile; Claire Cutler, University of Victoria; Ashley Dawson, College of Staten Island/CUNY; James Der Derian, Brown University; Environmentalists Against War (Gar Smith); Yasmine Ergas, SIPA Columbia University; Karen Jacobsen, Tufts University; Fiona Jeffries, CUNY Grad Center; Danny Kaplan, Bar Ilan University; Jennifer S. Light, Northwestern University; Peter Marcuse, Columbia University; writer Suketu Mehta; Rosalind C. Morris, Columbia University; Les Roberts, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University; Saskia Sassen, Columbia University; Jane Schneider, CUNY Grad Center; Richard Sennett, NYU and LSE; Jessica Stern, Harvard University; Ida Susser, CUNY Grad Center; Gediminas Urbonas, MIT Visual Arts Program; Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University; Architect Eyal Weizman; and the Dictionary of War Project (Florian Schneider and Susanne Lang) in their first US presentation.

Co-Sponsor(s) Center for the Study of Human Rights / Website
Department of Sociology
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation / Website
Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life / Website
ISERP / Website
Mailman School of Public Health / Website
New York Theological Seminary / Website
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Habermas in New York in September

September 11, 2009

Stony Brook and the Institute of Public Knowledge plus the SSRC have a certain Jurgen Habermas visiting the city in September, there are several events open to the public, see more below:


September 19TH:          Critical Theory Roundtable

Stony Brook Manhattan- 401 Park Avenue South (at 28th Street),

Keynote Presentation: Jürgen Habermas:“From Worldviews to the Lifeworld: On the Genealogy of a Concept”

6 -7:15 pm.

September 30th:           Meta-Philosophy Lecture

Jürgen Habermas: “The concept of Human Dignity and The Realist Utopia of Human Rights”

Student Activities Center-Ballroom A

SUNY Stony Brook (Main campus)

6-7:30 pm, with reception to follow in Harriman Hall 214 to follow


October 22nd:             Rethinking Secularism: The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

A discussion of religion in the public sphere:

Judith Butler:
Why Judaism is not Zionism: Religious Sources for the Critique of Violence

Jürgen Habermas:
“The Political” – The Rational Sense of a Questionable Inheritance of Political Theology”

Charles Taylor:
Why We Need a Radical Redefinition of Secularism

Cornel West:
Prophetic Religion and The Future of Capitalist Civilization

Cooper Union’s Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at Bowery

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 5:00-9:00 pm

*All these events are open to the public.

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.

Media Sociology Forum at NYU, September 25

September 9, 2009

Matt Powers has done great work to bring together the second annual media sociology forum at NYU. Speakers include Emma Hemmingway from Nottingham Trent, Jan Fredrik Hoven from Bergen, and Rod Benson from NYU and several others. It goes all day, and will be great. RSVP to Matt at

Heyman Center events, fall 2009

September 9, 2009

All sorts of great stuff at the Heyman center this fall, Quintin Skinner, Judith Butler, Charles Taylor, Jonathan Israel, Akeel Bilgrami, Noam Chomsky, and many more.


Schedule of Events, Fall 2009 Admission to all Heyman Center events is free and open to the public. No registration or tickets necessary. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please visit

ROBERT DARNTON “Google, Libraries, and the Digital Future” Thursday, 17 September 6:15pm-8:15pm Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center

MARSHALL SAHLINS “The Western Illusion of Human Nature” Monday, 21 September 6:15pm-8:15pm Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room

RITA DOVE A Poetry Reading by Rita Dove Followed by an Interview with Marcello Blount Wednesday, 23 September 6:15pm-8:15pm Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center

CHARLES TAYLOR, ALAN MONTEFIORE, & EMMANUEL PICAVET “Cultural Identity and Politics” Monday, 28 September 7:00pm-9:30pm 501 International Affairs Building Co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, the Committee on Global Thought, & the Alliance Program

ROBERT PIPPIN Discussants: James Schamus & Geoffrey O’Brien The Lionel Trilling Seminar: “Who Cares Who Shot Liberty Valance?: The Prosaic and the Heroic in John Ford’s Film” Tuesday, 6 October 6:15pm-8:15pm Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center (Note: Advance viewing of the film is highly recommended.)

DANIEL KAHNEMAN Discussants: Jon Elster, George Ainslie, & Walter Mischel Title to Be Announced Tuesday, 13 October 6:15pm-8:15pm Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center

JUDITH BUTLER, DAVID BROMWICH, ROBERT ZIMMER, & RICHARD SHWEDER “What is Academic Freedom for?” Wednesday, 21 October 3:00pm-8:30pm Presidential Rooms 2 & 3, Third Floor, Faculty House

QUENTIN SKINNER “Is the State a Fictional Person?” Thursday, 22 October 6:15pm-8:15pm Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center

CAROL GILLIGAN & NANCY CHODOROW “Transforming Psychology” Thursday, 5 November 6:15pm-8:15pm Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center

CHARLES TAYLOR “Can Human Action Be Explained?” Tuesday, 10 November 6:15pm-8:15pm Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center Co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life & the Committee on Global Thought

JONATHAN ISRAEL “Dutch Cities, Radical Enlightenment, and the ‘General Revolution'(1776-1790)” Friday, 13 November 4:00pm-5:30pm Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street Co-sponsored by the Department of History ROBERT HASS A Poetry Reading by Robert Hass Followed by an Interview with Saskia Hamilton Monday, 16 November 6:15pm-8:15pm Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room

CAROLINE BYNUM Discussants: Alan Brinkley, Victoria de Grazia, Eric Foner, & Pamela Smith “What is Happening in History Now?” Thursday, 19 November 6:15pm-8:15pm Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center

STANLEY FISH, CATHARINE STIMPSON, & AKEEL BILGRAMI Discussants: Vince Blasi, Katherine Franke, & Bruce Robbins “Freedom, Law, and Academic Inquiry” Friday, 20 November 10:00am-5:00pm Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room Co-sponsored by the Columbia University Law School & the Department of English and Comparative Literature

NOAM CHOMSKY The Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture Thursday, 3 December 6:30pm-8:30pm Altschul Auditorium (417 International Affairs Building)

EZRA TAWIL Discussants: Andrew Delbanco & Ross Posnock “American Exceptionalism and the Question of Style” Tuesday, 8 December 6:15pm-8:15pm Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room

AMARTYA SEN Discussants: Kenneth Arrow & Eric Maskin Chair: Joseph Stiglitz “Social Choice and Individual Values” Friday, 11 December 4:00pm-6:00pm Altschul Auditorium (417 International Affairs Building)

Across the Generations: Legacies of Hope and Meaning

September 7, 2009

Across the Generations:  Legacies of Hope and Meaning
An International Conference
Sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics

More info at

September 11-13, 2009
Fordham University
Lincoln Center Campus
Leon Lowenstein Hall
113 W. 60th Street, Corner of Columbus Avenue
New York, New York


September 7, 2009

1:30 PM – 9:00 PM

A roundtable conference of digital theorists and practitioners on the future of cultural intelligence and freedoms. This roundtable will address questions such as “Beyond the obsolete models of artist or author as genius and their fetish objects, what collective and collaborative practices are inventing new terrains and flows?”, “As information and communication technologies saturate our world, how is art giving way to new forms of cultural symbolic manipulation?”, and “What new kinds of “virtual” spaces are opening up for cultural practice in electronic media? As “old media” begin to collapse under the pressures of the virtual, what new media can we find? ”

With: Ted Byfield/Nettime, Steve Kurtz/ Critical Art Ensemble, Amanda McDonald-Crowley/Eyebeam, Claire Pentecost/Continental Drift, Peter Lamborn Wilson/Temporary Autonomous Zone
Moderators: Konrad Becker/World-Information Institute, Jim Fleming /Autonomedia. A World-Information Institute event in cooperation with Ludwig Boltzmann Institute/Media.Art.Research and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Please visit for details on this event.

Reservations required.