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2011 Mary Flexner Lecturer: Judith Butler

November 18, 2011
by Elly Truitt
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Butler’s second Flexner lecture, Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street, discussed the power of alliances, especially “queer alliances” to disrupt and challenge the chokehold of neo-liberal policies and politics. When people come together in public spaces in … Continue reading

November 17, 2011
by Vanessa Christman
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Armchair Activist

I wasn’t able to attend Judith Butler’s second Flexner lecture in person; my body, at that moment, was in alliance with a dozen or so parents at the Haverford Township High School, where I hold a leadership position in the … Continue reading

November 17, 2011
by Jessica Lee
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Public Square

Judith Butler’s discussion of Hannah Arendt’s theory of the “space of appearance” is incredibly timely with the movements happening around the world this year, and with Occupy Wall Street protestors being forced out of Zuccotti Park on Tuesday morning. In … Continue reading

November 17, 2011
by Alexander Brey
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In Defense of Anarchy

On Monday Judith Butler presented what might be the most eloquent defense of anarchism that I’ve ever heard. Butler’s argument is grounded in the fact that in every political entity in existence today, there exists a disparity between the claims … Continue reading