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Maxwell Lectures in Political Theory

The Neal A. Maxwell Lecture in Political Theory and Contemporary Politics

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  • 2017 Maxwell Lecture in Political Theory2017: Thomas L. Dumm, Amherst College, “The Persistence of the Human,” September 28, 2017, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 6500 (Flynn Faculty Workshop Room), 1- 3 pm.

    Commentators

    William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
    Matthew Scherer, George Mason University

  • 2016 Maxwell Lecture2016: Kathy Ferguson, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, “Anarchist Women and the Politics of Walking”

    The essay and two responses will appear as a mini-symposium in a forthcoming issue of PRQ.

    Commentators

    Lori Marso, Union College
    Annie Menzel, Vassar College

  • Walt Whitman and the Soft Voice of Sympathy

    2015: Jane Bennett, Johns Hopkins University, "Walt Whitman and the Soft Voice of Sympathy"
    View the essay and the two responses as a mini-symposium in Political Research Quarterly.

    Commentators

    Romand Coles, Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, “Antagonism and the Ecology of Sympathies”
    Cristin Ellis, University of Mississippi, “Numb Networks: The Politics of Impersonal Sympathies”

  • The Fight for Public Things

     2014: Bonnie Honig, Brown University, "The Fight for Public Things"
    View the essay and the two responses as a mini-symposium in Political Research Quarterly.
    See also the book of which the essay is a part.

    Commentators

    Jason Frank, Cornell University,  "Collective Actors, Common Desires"
    James Martel, San Francisco State University, "Against thinning (and teleology): politics and objects in the face of catastrophe in Lear and von Trier"

  • Species Evolution and Cultural Freedom

     2013 : William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University, "Species Evolution and Cultural Freedom"
    View the essay and the two responses as a mini-symposium in Political Research Quarterly.
    See also the book of which the essay is a part.

    Commentators

    Elisabeth Anker, The George Washington University, “Freedom and the Human in ‘Evolutionary’ Political Theory”
    Kennan Ferguson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, “The Deep Biology of Politics: A Reminder”

  • Future Lectures

    2018: Elisabeth Anker, The George Washington University, TBA

Last Updated: 8/8/17