What Is To Be Done? After the Illusions, A Critical Practice for the Twenty-First Century

Professor Bernard E. Harcourt

Moderated by Carol Gluck

December 7, 2017 · 12-1PM

Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411

The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance. Open to Columbia affiliates only. No registration is required. Light lunch will be available.

About the Speaker

Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and director of the Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University.  He also serves as Directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales in Paris, and is currently a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Bernard Harcourt’s scholarship focuses on social and critical theory, with a particular interest in punishment and surveillance.  He has taught at several universities, including, most recently, as the University of Chicago’s Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Political Science and chairman of the political science department.  Harcourt represented death row inmates in Montgomery, AL, at what is now the Equal Justice Initiative.  He continues to represent inmates sentenced to death or life imprisonment without parole pro bono, and has also served on human rights missions in South Africa and Guatemala.

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Fall 2017 Schedule

Below is the Lunchtime Seminar schedule for Fall 2017. The seminars take place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall, Room 411 unless otherwise noted. Please check back for updates to the schedule.

October 12

Mark Mazower on "The Rise of the Bolsheviks: Uncovering a Family View"

November 9

Venkat Venkatasubramanian, "How Much Inequality is Fair? Mathematical Principles of a Moral, Optimal, and Stable Capitalist Society"

December 7

Bernard Harcourt, "What Is To Be Done? After the Illusions, A Critical Practice for the Twenty-First Century"

Directions

The seminars take place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall, Room 411 unless otherwise noted.