Lecture Series: (In)Equality Matters
DEREK HOOK – October 31 – November 2
Cosponsored with Clinical Psychology at City College of New York, CUNY
Dr. Derek Hook is based at the Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics. Living through the end of apartheid in South Africa inspired Dr. Hook to explore an analytics of power through psychoanalytic, Foucauldian and postcolonial modes of critique that would enable him to grapple with the unconscious and psychological dimensions of racism and ideological subjectivity. He aims to bridge the domains of critical social theory and social psychology, and thus to open up novel conjunctures for critique and analysis. Some recent publications include: 'Affecting whiteness: Racism as technology of affect'; 'Postcolonial psychoanalysis'; ''Pre-discursive' racism'; The racial stereotype, colonial discourse, fetishism’; 'Fanon and the psychoanalysis of racism' and 'Racializing embodiment and the 'real' of the social subject'. His first monograph, Foucault, Psychology and the Analytics of Power (2007) developed his PhD material and advanced a series of prospective methodological frameworks for critical qualitative analysis.
Until joining the LSE in 2003, Dr. Hook was a senior lecturer in Psychology in the School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he remains an active research fellow. During this time he was an active member of the ‘Critical Methods Collective’, an organization of critical psychologists interested in issues of power, subjectivity, knowledge and transformation in post-apartheid South Africa. Dr. Hook was the recipient of Vivienne Schellshop Research Prize in 2002, and a Rockefeller post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Public Culture, Emory University, where he completed a research project on space, subjectivity and power. Dr. Hook is also one of the founding editors of the Palgrave-Macmillan journal Subjectivity, and is completing a psychoanalytic training at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London. He will be visiting the Graduate Center during October to give a public lecture, and meet with students, faculty and other interested community members.
JONATHAN KOZOL – 5 PM November 9
Jonathan Kozol is an activist, educator, and non-fiction writer dedicated to creating educational justice in the United States. His work documents and challenges the continuing and worsening segregation in public schools, and examines how neo-liberal politics – as intersecting with race and class – affect the ways that urban youth are educated. Kozol has been a leader in opposition to the testing mania that has swept across the nation. He passionately defends the dignity and creativity of teachers, and the sacred value of the public schools themselves, in the face of corporate invasion and the punitive regimen of No Child Left Behind.
Kozol’s publications include, Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (1991), Amazing Grace (1995), The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America (2005), and Letters to a Young Teacher (2007). On October 16, he will be visiting The Graduate Center, CUNY, to launch his latest book from Random House, Fire in the Ashes, with a public lecture for activists, educators, academics, students, and other community members of New York City passionate about educational justice.
RICHARD WILKINSON – November 26 – November 30
Dr. Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. He studied economic history at London School of Economics (LSE) before training in epidemiology. He is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at UCL and a Visiting Professor at the University of York. Dr. Wilkinson is also a co-founder with Dr. Kate Pickett of The Equality Trust, an independent, evidence based campaign working to reduce income inequality in order to improve the quality of life in the UK.
Co-authored with Dr. Pickett, Dr. Wilkinson’s 2009/2010 book, The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is better for Everyone, won the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize and the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award. Through this work, Dr. Wilkinson has compiled a brilliant archive of data on the ways in which inequality gaps breed social problems ranging from drop out to health concerns, crime, violence and lack of voting. During his visit in November, Dr. Wilkinson will be delivering a public lecture at the Graduate Center, and meeting with faculty, students, policy makers, community groups and various constituencies concerned with disparities in education, housing, health care, civil rights and wealth. These conversations will discuss the social consequences of inequality gaps, and policy levers for reducing these gaps.
LINDA TUHIWAI SMITH – Coming Spring 2013 for a 3 day Seminar on Indigenous Knowledge co-sponsored with the University of Arizona
Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngâti Awa and Ngâti Porou) is a Professor of Education and Mâori Development and Pro Vice Chancellor Mâori at The University of Waikato/Te Whare Wânanga o Waikato. Professor Tuhiwai Smith is known internationally as a researcher, educator and public speaker on issues related to Indigenous education, development and research methodology. Her critically acclaimed book, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, transformed the fields of educational research and critical epistemology, migrated into prison studies, (im)migration studies, disability studies, feminist theory and queer theory, and insisted that researchers attend deeply to ethical and political questions of For whom? By whom? And Toward what form of social justice?
With Dr. Norman Denzin and Dr. Yvonne Lincoln, Professor Tuhiwai Smith also co-edited the 2008 Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies. She has been the recipient of prestigious research grants, served on many influential national committees and commissions for education reform and helped to drive a number of community-based initiatives in Māori education – from language immersion kindergartens through to the first university courses on Māori and Indigenous education. Her PhD in education was conferred by The University of Auckland in 1996, and in 1998 she was awarded Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti, the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Inaugural Award for Research Excellence in Māori Education.
In April 2013, Professor Tuhiwai Smith will be a distinguished visiting scholar at the Graduate Center as part of an inter-university collaboration with the University of Arizona on Indigenous Knowledge and Decolonizing Methodologies. During this time Professor Tuhiwai Smith has agreed to present a public lecture to the full CUNY community as well as a wide range of New York City educators, community members, policy makers, cultural studies scholars and allied researchers. She will also convene a two-day seminar with critical scholars from around the country to explore concerns of indigenous knowledges, decolonizing methodologies and research for justice with/in indigenous communities and marginalized communities on/at the border and in prisons. This visit will commemorate the 15th anniversary of Professor Tuhiwai Smith’s classic text, Decolonizing Methodologies.