Past Theory Certificate Events










“Leverage of the Weak in a Time of Disinformation,” Hwa-Jen Liu (Sociology, National Taiwan University), April 2, 2019.

“Tosaka Jun and The Japanese Ideology,” Robert Stolz (History, New York University), February 5, 2019.

“Genealogies of Emergency,” Siraj Ahmed (English & Comparative Literature, Lehman College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York), November 18, 2018.

“The Illusion of Equality in Kantian Cosmopolitanism,” Jameliah Shorter-Bournahou (Philosophy, Georgia College & State University), October 2, 2018.


“Why Marronage Still Matters,” Neil Roberts (Africana Studies, Williams College), October 17 2017.


Contours of the Present Crisis Lecture Series – Spring 2017

  • “Truths and Fictions of Islam,” Suleiman Mourad (Religion, Smith College), March 6, 2017.
  • “Incarcerating the Crisis,” Jordan Camp (Watson Institute, Brown University), March 30, 2017.
  • “Refuge and Refugees,” Marguerite Nguyen (English, Wesleyan University), May 4, 2017.

“Blackness and the Politics of Apocalyptic Imaginaries,” Axelle Karera (Philosophy, Wesleyan University), November 30, 2016.

“Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and the Origins of Planetary Crisis,” Jason W. Moore (Sociology, Binghamton University), September 29, 2016.


"Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States, Josefina Saldaña-Portillo (Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University), April 22, 2016.

“Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Partial Absorption,” John Plotz (English, Brandeis University), February 23, 2016.


Five Fundamental Concepts Lecture Series – Spring 2015

  • “Alienation,” Ulrich Plass (German and College of Letters, Wesleyan University), February 11, 2015.
  • “Meaning,” Joseph Fitzpatrick (College of Letters, Wesleyan University), February 18, 2015.
  • “Harmony,” Steven Angle (Philosophy & East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University), February 25, 2015.
  • “Difference,” Amy Tang (American Studies & English, Wesleyan University), March 25, 2015.
  • “Utopia,” Eirene Visvardi (Classical Studies, Wesleyan University), April 8, 2015.

Book Discussion: Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice by David Scott, with David Scott (Anthropology, Columbia University) and Lily Saint (English, Wesleyan University), March 5, 2015.

“A Public Conversation with Silvia Federici,” September 25, 2014.