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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”

    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 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 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 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: 7/21/17