List of Events – Spring Semester 2020

This is a list of upcoming political theory events in the Research Triangle (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). Interested in hearing about our upcoming events? Subscribe to our Events Listserv.

January 9: David Cook (Religion, Rice University) presents his project, “Mainstream and popular Ottoman-era Muslim apocalypses,” as part of the Providential Modernity Seminar at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. The seminar will meet at 1:00PM in West Duke 101 on Duke’s East Campus. More information here.

January 11: Walter E. Dellinger III (Duke, Law) speaks about “Equal Justice Under Law: The U.S. Supreme Court, Then and Now” as part of a series on the U.S. Constitution presented by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Chapel Hill Public Library. The talk talks place at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. More information here.

January 12: Nima Bassiri (Duke, Literature) presents a paper for the Triangle Intellectual History Seminar. The seminar starts at 5:00 p.m. at the National Humanities Center. More information here.

January 17: Geneviève Rousselière (Duke, Political Science) presents her research, “Revolutionary Republicanism,” to the Franklin Humanities Institute. The talk is at 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, B189. More information here.

January 25: William Chafe (Duke, History) speaks about “History of the Black Freedom Struggle from Reconstruction until the Present” as part of a series on the U.S. Constitution presented by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Chapel Hill Public Library. The talk talks place at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. More information here.

February 1: John McGowan (UNC, English) speaks about “American Liberalism: James Madison and the Principles of Liberal Democracy” as part of a series on the U.S. Constitution presented by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Chapel Hill Public Library. The talk talks place at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. More information here.

February 6:  Eric Nelson (Harvard) joins the Providential Modernity Seminar at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. The seminar will meet from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in West Duke 101 on Duke’s East Campus. More information here.

February 6-7: Sixth annual Duke Graduate Conference in Political Theory. Our keynote speaker will be Eric Nelson, the Robert M. Beren Professor of Government at Harvard University, who will be speaking on “Beyond the ‘Wretched Subterfuge’: Liberalism, Freedom, and Responsibility. More information here.

February 8: Kathleen Duval (UNC, History) speaks about “Imperfect Union: What it Meant to be “American” in the Post-Revolutionary Era” as part of a series on the U.S. Constitution presented by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Chapel Hill Public Library. The talk talks place at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. More information here.

February 9: Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale, History) presents a paper for the Triangle Intellectual History Seminar. The seminar starts at 5:00 p.m. at the National Humanities Center. More information here.

February 10: James Scott (Yale, Political Science) delivers the final bi-annual Facing the Anthropocene Luce Lecture, entitled “In the Praise of Floods.” The lecture will take place on February 10th, at 6:00 p.m., in Goodson Chapel on Duke’s West Campus. Free parking will be available in the Lower Allen lot. A reception will follow the lecture. More information here.

February 15: William A. Darity (Duke, Public Policy) speaks about “The Constitutional Origins of the Wealth Gap” as part of a series on the U.S. Constitution presented by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Chapel Hill Public Library. The talk talks place at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. More information here.

February 22: Yolonda Wilson (Howard, Philosophy) speaks about “Staking Our Claim: How Expansive Are the Rights the Constitution Guarantees?” as part of a series on the U.S. Constitution presented by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Chapel Hill Public Library. The talk talks place at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. More information here.

Cancelled – March 19: Benjamin McKean (Ohio State, Political Science) presents a paper for the Duke Political Theory Workshop. The workshop starts at 4:00 p.m. on Duke’s West Campus, Gross Hall 230E.

Cancelled – March 20-21: 14th Annual Duke Feminist Theory Workshop, featuring keynote speakers Judith Butler (Berkeley, Comparative Literature), Sharon P. Holland (UNC, American Studies), Audra Simpson (Columbia, Anthropology) and Shatema Threadcraft (Dartmouth, Government). The workshop takes place at Penn Pavilion on Duke’s West Campus. Pre-registration is required. More information here.

Moved to Zoom – April 2: Daniela Cammack (Berkeley, Political Science) presents a paper, “The Popular Courts in Athenian Democracy,” for the Duke Political Theory Workshop. The workshop starts at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Zoom. Email Elliot Mamet for information.

Cancelled – April 16: Matthias Riedl (Central European University, History) presents a paper, “Apocalyptic Platonism: Thomas Müntzer and the Origins of Revolutionary Thought,” for the Duke Political Theory Workshop. The workshop starts at 4:00 p.m. on Duke’s West Campus, Gross Hall 230E.