The Ferguson Conjuncture: Why the Humanities Matter Now
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
The killing of Michael Brown and the callous and cruel responses to it by legally constituted authorities have rightly been perceived as evidence of failures of the criminal justice system and the political system. In addition, the events, actions and ideas emerging from the crucible of conflict in Ferguson also reveal a betrayal of the promise of the humanities to teach discernment, judgment and empathy as tools for envisioning a common and creative human existence.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life, the Churchill Fund and the departments of American studies, sociology and history. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
George Lipsitz is professor of black studies and sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His publications include How Racism Takes Place, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, A Life in the Struggle, Time Passages and The Fierce Urgency of Now (with Daniel Fischlin and Ajay Heble). Lipsitz serves as senior editor of Kalfou, a comparative and relational journal of ethnic studies. He serves as president of the board of directors of the African American Policy Forum and as advisory board chair of the UC, Santa Barbara Center for Black Studies Research.
Video of the Lecture
Interview with George Lipsitz by Aleksandra Syniec ’18, Clarke Forum Student Project Manager