Dr. George Lipsitz, American Studies scholar and professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara will discuss how Ferguson not only demonstrates a failure of the criminal justice system, the political system and the economic system, but it also illuminates a grievous failure of the humanities. The realm of knowledge devoted to promoting judgement, discernment and empathy, to envisioning a creative common existence has instead generated methods of evasion, denial and disavowal grounded in methodological individualism, hostile privatism and fear laden fantasies of dehumanized others. To this end, Dr. Lipsitz will explore how grassroots artists and activists are authoring and authorizing ways of being and knowing that interrupt habit, resist authoritarian single-mindedness and identify value in undervalued places and undervalued people.
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