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Conference on 'Rethinking the Left,' Oct. 20

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Columbia's Heyman Center for the Humanities will convene a daylong conference -- "Rethinking the Left" -- on the fundamental issues confronting politics and American life today.

During the last four decades, the complexities of emerging politics based on notions of race, gender, ethnicity and age have prompted the political left to radically reorient and rethink its underlying philosophy. Leading authors and scholars will discuss the major realignment of American political ideology underway and the future prospects for progressive thought.

Speakers include: Benedict Anderson,author ofImagined Communities, a seminal work on nationalism; David Harvey, author of The Limits to Capital, The Urban Experience and The New Imperialism; Robin Blackburn, author of The Making of New World Slavery and The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery; Partha Chatterjee, director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, India; and Gayatri Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia.

The Heyman Center for the Humanities, established in 1981 to encourage research in the liberal arts, integrates the humanities disciplines at Columbia and organizes conferences and workshops of interdisciplinary interest. The center also sponsors a post-doctoral program of eight fellows. Other events planned for this academic year include seminars and panel presentations on U.S.–Europe relations; art and globalization; romanticism and gnosticism; and the new historiography.

The conference takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. , Wednesday, Oct. 20, at The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, located at 1161 Amsterdam Ave. For more information, contact the office of Akeel Bilgrami at ab41@columbia.edu or (212) 854.1277.


Published: Oct 18, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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