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Rethinking the Secular Public: a discussion with Etienne Balibar & Stathis Gourgouris

October 21, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Monday, October 21 for a conversation between Etienne Balibar and Stathis Gourgouris on “Rethinking the Secular Public.”  The discussion, moderated by Jean Cohen, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, will take place at the Heyman Center, in the second floor common room, at 6:30pm.  

Stathis Gourgouris is Professor of Classics, English, and Comparative Literature and Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. He is the author of Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization and the Institution of Modern Greece and Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism (Fordham).

Etienne Balibar is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He has published widely in the area of Marxist philosophy and moral and political philosophy in general. His many works include Lire le Capital (with Louis Althusser, Pierre Macherey, Jacques Rancière, Roger Establet, and F. Maspero) (1965);Spinoza et la politique (1985); Nous, citoyens d’Europe? Les frontières, l’État, le peuple(2001); Politics and the Other Scene (2002); L’Europe, l’Amérique, la Guerre. Réflexions sur la mediationeuropéenne (2003);  Europe, Constitution, Frontière (2005). His two seminars at Columbia for Fall 2012 are entitled “Foucault Inventeur du Structor” and “Humanism, Anti-Humanism, and the Question of Philosophical Anthropology.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Copies of Professor Balibar’s new book Saeculum: Culture, religion, ideologie and Professor Gourgouris’s new book Lessons in Secular Criticism are available for purchase at Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street.

Directions to the Heyman Center are available here.  ID is required to enter the building.  This event is open to all and no reservation is required.


October 21, 2013
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Heyman Center for the Humanities Common Room
74 Morningside Dr
New York, NY 10027 United States
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