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2011 Mary Flexner Lecturer: Judith Butler

December 1, 2011
by Jessica Lee
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Toward an Ethics of Cohabitation—Because we don’t have a choice?

The questions Butler raises in her final lecture are intriguing: What are global obligations near and far? What makes these ethical encounters possible? What does it mean for our ethical obligations when we are joined to those we did not … Continue reading

December 1, 2011
by Elly Truitt
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Towards a Cohabitation of Ethics

Butler’s third and final lecture, “Towards an Ethics of Cohabitation,” was the final piece in her troika on visibility, personhood, and democratic participation. Taking the notion of queer alliances—those alliances of groups or individuals with divergent or different attitudes and … Continue reading

December 1, 2011
by Steph Herold
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Ethical Solicitation and Activism

Judith Butler’s most recent lecture was fascinating to watch on Thanksgiving, a national day of (supposed) reflection and gratefulness. She made astute commentary on ethical obligations, ethical solicitation, and how people are moved to action. She asked, are we ethically … Continue reading

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