Bard College’s Second Annual Stuart Stritzler-Levine Lecture in Common Decency to Be Held on October 19ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY — Bard College’s second annual Stuart Stritzler-Levine Lecture in Common Decency, held in recognition of the late Stuart Stritzler-Levine, professor emeritus of psychology and Bard dean emeritus, will be held on Thursday, October 19. The lecture, “The Struggle for Reparative Ecological Democracy in Cop City,” will be delivered by professor Wendy Brown, UPS Foundation professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and will be held in Weis Cinema at Bard’s Annandale campus at 5 pm. A reception at 4:30 pm will precede the lecture.
The talk will explore how the crises of both democracy and ecology that beset us today can only be addressed by considering how both overlap. With a focus on the money and power behind the construction of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, commonly known as Cop City, a police and fire services training campus in Georgia, the lecture will examine the parameters of political repair that could address this overlap.
The annual lecture is supported by the President’s Office, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs.
Wendy Brown is a political theorist who works across the history of political thought, political economy, Continental philosophy, cultural theory, and critical legal theory. Brown investigates the subterranean powers shaping contemporary Euroatlantic polities, with particular attention to the political identities, subjectivities, and expressions they spawn. She is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, including States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity; Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire; Walled States, Waning Sovereignty; Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution; and In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West. Across her work, Brown aims to illuminate powers unique to our era and the predicaments they generate for democratic thought and practice.
Stuart Stritzler-Levine, professor emeritus of psychology and dean emeritus, died in May 2020. Stritzler-Levine, who joined the Bard faculty in 1964 and devoted 56 years of continuous service to Bard, was dean of the College from 1980 to 2001. In those 21 years he oversaw innovations in the admission process, particularly the Immediate Decision Plan; the rapid growth of Bard’s enrollment and curriculum; and the College’s expansion into graduate education. He served as Dean of Studies at Bard High School Early College Manhattan from 2003 to 2009, then returned to teaching at Bard and at Simon’s Rock.
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Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 parklike acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in more than 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 13 programs; eight early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 163-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal arts education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit bard.edu.
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