Monday, November 7, 2011
Wolff Conference Room 1103
6 East 16th Street, 11th Floor
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor at Columbia University, is considered among the academy’s most influential critical theorists. In addition to her scholarly work, Spivak is involved with rural education and feminist and ecological social movements in the Third World. Her publications include, Of Grammatology (translation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida, De la grammatologie, 1976), In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987; Routledge Classic 2002), Selected Subaltern Studies (ed., 1988), The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues (1990), Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993; 2d ed forthcoming), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993; Routledge Classic 2003), Imaginary Maps (translation with critical introduction of three stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1994), The Spivak Reader (1995), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Towards a History of the Vanishing Present (1999), Death of a Discipline (2003), Other Asias (2005), An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization (forthcoming).
In Memory of Carol Breckenridge
As a historian and scholar of global culture, Carol Breckenridge (1942-2009) brought along with her to
different cities and campuses not only her erudition and insight into intellectual debates on global and transnational issues, but also her formidable gift of inspiring others through a rare combination of charm, generosity of spirit, hospitality and hard work. The journal Public Culture which she founded in 1988 with her husband and soulmate Arjun Appudarai, the later Sister Cities Project, and the articles and books she wrote and co-edited with colleagues, have brought new perceptions to the field and remain as evidence of her unstinting efforts against the stultifying effects of academic parochialism on the world at large. At The New School for Social Research and at other universities where Carol and Arjun have lived and taught, Breckenridge will be remembered for the way she personified these very commitments by her concern and care for her junior colleagues and students, even while, as in more recent times, she was courageously coping with physical challenges of her own. Mentor, scholar, and friend, she will be sadly missed.
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