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Shireen Hassim

Shireen Hassim – Landscape for a Rebel Woman: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Violence and the Intimacies of Gender in South African Politics

Shireen HassimFebruary 26, 2018
3:30–5:00
Reception follows
Minor Hall, Room 110

Shireen Hassim is a professor of political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), currently based at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research). She has written and edited several books, including No Shortcuts to Power: African Women in Politics and Policy Making (Zed Books, 2003) and Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia, and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa (Wits University Press, 2008). Her book, Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), won the Victoria Shuck Award from the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is The ANC Women’s League (Ohio University Press, 2014). Hassim obtained her PhD from York University (Canada). She is a member of the steering committee for the Women’s Living History Monument, which is developing the first museum of women’s history in Africa, and the first black woman full professor of political science in South Africa. She sits on the board of the Human Sciences Research Council and on the Wits council. She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and an elected member of its ASSAf Council.

Chris Lebron

Chris Lebron: Black Love and Rage in America: The Burden of Hope

Chris Lebron Wed, February 7 3:30–5:00 301 Wilson Hall Reception to followWed, February 7
3:30–5:00
301 Wilson Hall
Reception to follow

Chris Lebron is Associate Professor of Philosophy. He specializes in political philosophy, social theory, the philosophy of race, and democratic ethics. His work has focused on bridging the divide between analytic liberalism and the virtue ethics tradition. His first book, The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time (OUP 2013) won the American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory First Book Prize. His second book, The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of An Idea (OUP 2017) , offers a brief intellectual history of the black lives matter social movement. Lebron has also been an active public intellectual, writing for The New York Times's philosophy column, The Stone and for Boston Review, in addition to other outlets.

Chris Lebron

Chris Lebron: The Reversal of the Lost Race Narrative: Deploying Afrofuturism to Make Sense of the Resurgence of White Identity

Chris Lebron02/07/2018
12:30PM–2:00
Gibson Hall 296

Chris Lebron is Associate Professor of Philosophy. He specializes in political philosophy, social theory, the philosophy of race, and democratic ethics. His work has focused on bridging the divide between analytic liberalism and the virtue ethics tradition. His first book, The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time (OUP 2013) won the American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory First Book Prize. His second book, The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of An Idea (OUP 2017) , offers a brief intellectual history of the black lives matter social movement. Lebron has also been an active public intellectual, writing for The New York Times’s philosophy column, The Stone and for Boston Review, in addition to other outlets.

Paper is available here.

Loïc Wacquant

Loïc Wacquant – The Place of Violence in Jim Crow Rule

Loïc WacquantThursday, March 29, 2018
12:00-1:30
Gibson 296

 

 

Speaker Bio: Loïc Wacquant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie européenne, Paris.

A MacArthur Prize Fellow, member of Harvard’s Society of Fellows, and recipient of the 2008 Lewis Coser Award for theoretical agenda-setting from the American Sociological Association, his interests span comparative urban inequality, the penal state, ethnoracial domination, embodiment, social theory, and the politics of reason. His books are translated in twenty languages and include Body and Soul: Notebooks of An Apprentice Boxer (2004, new expanded edition 2017) and the trilogy Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality (2008), Punishing the Poor: The New Government of Social Insecurity (2009), and Deadly Symbiosis: Race and the Rise of the Penal State (forthcoming). His most recent book is The Two Faces of the Ghetto (forthcoming with Polity Press).

Loïc Wacquant

Loïc Wacquant – Four “Peculiar Institutions” of Racial Rule: How They Differ, Why It Matters

Loïc WacquantThursday, March 29, 2018
3:30-5:00
Reception follows
Minor Hall, Rm. 110

Talk Description: Four “peculiar institutions” have served to define and confine African Americans in U.S. society over the past four centuries: racialized slavery, the Jim Crow system of caste terrorism, the urban ghetto, and the hybrid formed by the concatenation of the hyperghetto and the carceral system. In this lecture, Professor Wacquant will discuss their similarities and differences and draw out the consequences of this historical model for the current scholarly and policy debates around race and citizenship.

Speaker Bio: Loïc Wacquant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie européenne, Paris.

A MacArthur Prize Fellow, member of Harvard’s Society of Fellows, and recipient of the 2008 Lewis Coser Award for theoretical agenda-setting from the American Sociological Association, his interests span comparative urban inequality, the penal state, ethnoracial domination, embodiment, social theory, and the politics of reason. His books are translated in twenty languages and include Body and Soul: Notebooks of An Apprentice Boxer (2004, new expanded edition 2017) and the trilogy Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality (2008), Punishing the Poor: The New Government of Social Insecurity (2009), and Deadly Symbiosis: Race and the Rise of the Penal State (forthcoming). His most recent book is The Two Faces of the Ghetto (forthcoming with Polity Press).

Melissa Torres

Dr. Melissa I. M. Torres – Cause and Effect: Oppression, Exploitation, and Human Trafficking

Melissa TorresFebruary 8, 2018
3:30-5:00 (a reception will follow)
Minor Hall, Rm. 110

This lecture will explore the history of slavery and racial oppression from a policy standpoint. Discussion will focus on how systemic oppression has historically led to the current factors tied to the exploitation of minority and immigrant populations for commercial sex and labor. The lecture will take a human rights approach with a racial justice lens.

Dr. Melissa Irene Maldonado Torres is Director of the Human Trafficking Research Portfolio at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin. She served as the Subject Matter Expert on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ healthcare professional’s response to human trafficking program, an initiative of President Obama’s Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims. She teaches classes on human trafficking at both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. She serves as the human trafficking expert for various academic studies in the U.S. and Latin America. Over the last 10 years, her research has included the trafficking of women from Latin America for sexual exploitation, policy analysis on the protection of domestic minor sex trafficking survivors, labor abuse and exploitation faced by undocumented immigrants, assessments on displacement and knowledge of trafficking risks in indigenous communities, and exploring the demand side of sex trafficking.

Kathy Cramer, director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and professor of political science, is pictured in her office at the Red Gym (Armory and Gymnasium) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 1, 2015. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Katherine Cramer : The Politics of Resentment in the Contemporary United States

Tuesday
November 14, 2017
3:30–5:00
Reception will follow Campbell 153

Katherine Cramer is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. Her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, examines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics (University of Chicago Press, 2016). She has also published as Katherine Cramer Walsh and is the author of Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference, and Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life. She is the recipient of the 2017 APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section Giovanni Sartori Award for the best book developing or using qualitative methods published in 2016, among other awards.

Kathy Cramer, director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and professor of political science, is pictured in her office at the Red Gym (Armory and Gymnasium) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 1, 2015. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Katherine Cramer: Expanding the Study of Public Opinion to Incorporate Qualitative Methods

Expanding the Study of Public Opinion to Incorporate Qualitative MethodsWednesday
November 15, 2017
11:30
Informal Lunch
Gibson 296

Lunch discussion of the use of qualitative methods for the study of public opinion, and in the social sciences more generally.

Katherine Cramer is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. Her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, examines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics (University of Chicago Press, 2016). She has also published as Katherine Cramer Walsh and is the author of Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference, and Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life. She is the recipient of the 2017 APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section Giovanni Sartori Award for the best book developing or using qualitative methods published in 2016, among other awards.

Lawrie Balfour

Lawrie Balfour: Where Do We Go From Here?: Martin Luther King, Jr., Reparations, and Emancipation Today

Lawrie BalfourFriday, November 3, 2017
3:30-5:00
Nau Hall Room 101

America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

King made this statement after the landmark Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s. His rejection of the idea that legal change was enough to undo the past, present, and future harms of white supremacy speaks to us today. Focusing on Where Do We Go From Here, this talk will explore King’s philosophy of time and indebtedness. It will make a case for reparations as a way to come to terms with the past and fulfill our obligations to future generations whose inheritance is in our hands.