DEMOCRACY IS IN THE STREETS!
Chamber of Commerce: 3:30—4:30pm
The past five years’ local and global insurrections are urgently calling us to think of ways that furious dissent can be transformed into a positive program for socio-political change. This panel will explore the potential of moving from the euphoria of protest to the discipline of political organization.
JOSHUA CLOVER is professor of literature and critical theory at the University of California, Davis. An award-winning poet and widely published essayist, he is the author, most recently, of Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings, a theory of riot as the form of the coming insurrection.
JODI DEAN teaches political and media theory in Geneva, New York. She has written and edited eleven books, including The Communist Horizon and Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies. Her most recent work, Crowds and Party, reveals how protests hold the key to potentially world-changing politics.
JAMES MILLER teaches politics at the New School in New York. A recovering rock critic, he is the author of works on various topics, including Marxism and existentialism; Rousseau and the rise of modern democracy; the American New Left of the Sixties; the life and times of Michel Foucault; the curse of bullshit among tenured radicals; and, most recently, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche.
B SCOT ROUSSE (moderator) is a writer and philosopher working in the tradition of existential phenomenology and currently engrossed with the fate of education in a technological age. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University and plays drums in several hardcore-punk bands in the Bay Area.