Protests and the Pandemic

03/18 Thursday | 5pm

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The Institute for Public Knowledge, in partnership with the NYU’s Cross-Cutting Initiative on Inequality, invites you to join a conversation on protest and the pandemic. The event is moderated by Eric Klinenberg featuring Stephen Duncombe, Jeffrey Goodwin, Linda Gordon, and Olutoyin Demuren.

We encourage you to RSVP and join us live to pose your questions directly to the panel. For those unable to attend live, we will record and upload each event to IPK’s YouTube channel here.

Stephen Duncombe is a Professor of Media and Culture at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications at the Steinhardt School of New York University. He is the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of six books, among others including Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and the Cultural Resistance Reader. Duncombe is also the creator of the Open Utopia, an open-access, open-source, web-based edition of Thomas More’s Utopia,  co-creator of Actipedia.org, a user-generated digital database of creative activism case studies, and creator of the ÆffectApp, an interactive assessment tool for artistic activists. A life-long activist, Duncombe is the co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism.

Jeff Goodwin is a professor of Sociology at New York University. His research interests include social movements, revolutions, and political violence. He is currently chair of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and a past chair of the Comparative and Historical Sociology section and the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the ASA. He is finishing an edited volume on capitalism and political contention.

Linda Gordon is a professor of history and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. Her early books focused on the historical roots of social policy issues, particularly as they concern gender and family issues. In her later books, she explored other genres of history. Her recent books include: The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (1999) and the biography of great photographer Dorothea Lange (2009), both of which won the Bancroft Prize for best book in US history; Impounded (2008); Feminism Unfinished (2015); The Second Coming of the KKK (2017). Her most recent book is another biography of a photographer, Inge Morath: An Illustrated Biography (2018).

Olutoyin Demuren (she/her) is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests are Black and indigenous self-determination, cooperative economics, and collective responses to environmental crises. Her past research studied how histories of economic dependence and land use shape the social, economic, and environmental viability of ecotourism in Dominica. Currently, she is working with Professor Eric Klinenberg on an interview study exploring the relationship between racial justice protests in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond her academic work, she is involved in organizing with a Black mutual aid project and a Black-led cooperative grocery store in Central Brooklyn.

Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Crown, 2018), Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (The Penguin Press, 2012), Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media (Metropolitan Books, 2007), and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2002), as well as the editor of Cultural Production in a Digital Age, co-editor of Antidemocracy in America (Columbia University Press, 2019), and co-author, with Aziz Ansari, of the New York Times #1 bestseller Modern Romance (The Penguin Press, 2015). His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and This American Life.

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