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2009 Fall Secrets in a Democracy


November 10, 2009

“Secrecy”

In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress. We live in a world where the production of secret knowledge dwarfs the production of open knowledge. Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is either the key to victory in our struggle against […]

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November 4, 2009

Jodi Dean

Jodi Dean, co-editor of Theory and Event, teaches political theory at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She is Erasmus Professor of the Humanities in the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her book, Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies, is forthcoming from Duke University Press in Fall, 2009.

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October 29, 2009

Jennifer Friedlander

Jennifer Friedlander is the Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies and Assistant Professor of Art History at Pomona College. She is the author of Moving Pictures: Where the Police, the Press, and the Art Image Meet (Sheffield Hallam University Press 1998) and Feminine Look: Sexuation, Spectatorship, Subversion (SUNY Press 2008). Her […]

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October 27, 2009

“The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court”

Late in the 20th century, in response to repeated mass atrocities around the world, more than 120 countries united to form the International Criminal Court (ICC)—the first permanent court created to prosecute perpetrators (no matter how powerful) of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. The Reckoning follows dynamic ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo and […]

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October 26, 2009

Darius Rejali

Darius Rejali, professor of political science at Reed College, is a nationally recognized expert on government torture and interrogation. Iranian-born, Rejali has spent his scholarly career reflecting on violence, and, specifically, reflecting on the causes, consequences, and meaning of modern torture in our world. His work spans concerns in political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history, […]

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October 23, 2009

Dana Priest

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October 13, 2009

“Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech”

During the 1950s, McCarthy’s red scare closed down avenues of dissent for a decade. Americans were pitted against one another. Political opinions became ammunition. Since 9/11, the First Amendment has again been under attack. Liz Garbus’s Shouting Fire, a riveting exploration of the current state of free speech in America, is crucially relevant.Interweaving historical cases—The […]

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October 8, 2009

Linda Pollack with Jessica Levinson

Jessica Levinson is the Director of Political Reform at the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS). Her work focuses on governance issues, including campaign finance, ethics, ballot initiatives, redistricting, term limits, and state budgets. She is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where she teaches a class on campaign finance laws. Prior to joining […]

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October 6, 2009

“God Willing” (fine cut)

What does it mean to lose your grown child to a religious cult? Do you walk away or fight to get them back? How much can a parent intercede when the child declares their desire to be left alone? In this haunting film, mothers Sandi and Marcia desperately search for their grown children on the […]

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October 4, 2009

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer whose work deliberately blurs lines between social science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen’s visual work has been exhibited at Transmediale Festival, Berlin; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute of […]

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October 1, 2009

Linda Pollack with Kim Pearson

Kim Pearson is a Williams Institute Law Fellow at the UCLA School of Law. She taught a course in Law & Sexuality in Fall 2008 at UCLA School of Law. Ms. Pearson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a B.A. in English (1993) and an M.A. in British and American Literature (1998). […]

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September 24, 2009

Uzma Z. Rivzi

Uzma Z. Rizvi is an anthropologist/archaeologist and has been an active cultural producer since 1993. Based out of Brooklyn since 2002, her work spans performance/theater, documentary, and radio. She is an active committee member of SATAM (South Asian Theater Arts Movement) as well as a member of Visible Collective. She is a board member for […]

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Linda Pollack with Mark Golub

When, if ever, are racial classifications constitutionally permissible? Mark Golub is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and chair of the Scripps College Legal Studies Program. He is currently completing a book on the Supreme Court’s treatment of race in the post-Civil Rights era. His publications have appeared in the Law […]

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September 22, 2009

“The Order of Myths”

The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, it is still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city’s two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic pageantry, diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks and […]

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September 17, 2009

Aaron Gach

Aaron Gach is a performance, installation, and media artist whose work consistently addresses public space, social politics, and community issues. His commitment to exploring disparate arts (martial arts, magical arts, fine arts, among other creative endeavors) has led to the creation of numerous collaborative projects designed to analyze existing forces and activate latent energies. Inspired […]

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September 8, 2009

“We Live in Public”

On the 40th anniversary of the Internet, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of “the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of,” visionary Josh Harris. Award-winning director, Ondi Timoner (DIG!), documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade, […]

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