Council Chambers  |  12:30pm–1:45pm


JUDITH BUTLER is the Maxine Elliot Professor at the University of California, Berkeley where she teaches comparative literature and critical theory. She is the author of several books, including Gender TroublePrecarious LifeFrames of War, and Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly. She has co-edited with Zeynep Gambetti and Leticia Sabsay a volume entitled Vulnerability in Resistance (Duke University Press, 2016).  Butler is currently a board member of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City and serves on the international board of the Jenin Freedom Theatre in Palestine. She co-directs the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs funded by the Mellon Foundation. 

ANGELA Y. DAVIS is Distinguished Professor Emerita in theDepartments of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of nine books, including Angela Davis: An AutobiographyWomen, Race, and ClassBlues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie HolidayThe Angela Y. Davis ReaderAre Prisons Obsolete?The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues; and a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Committed to prisoners’ rights, Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.

RAMONA NADDAFF (moderator) is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley and a director and editor of Zone Books. She has written on literary censorship, artistic collaborations, and music torture and is the author of The Exile of the Poets:  The Production of Censorship in Plato’s Republic.