Psychoanalysis meets Democracy: A Conversation on Free Speech and How Talking Cures

09/29 Thursday | 6:30pm

How do we make meaning of mass shootings? Why did Britons vote for Brexit? What has led to a presidential campaign founded on hateful speech, lies, misogyny, calls to “law and order,” and even sub-rosa encouragement to break the law? Democracy and free speech are in peril, and the peril exposes deeply symptomatic social, racial, and…

Book Launch

Book Launch | Creativity Class: Art School And Culture Work In Postsocialist China

09/28 Wednesday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to a book launch for Lily Chumley’s Creativity Class: Art School and Culture Work in Postsocialist China. The author will be present in conversation with Zhijian Qian, Michele Matteini, Christina H. Moon, and Xudong Zhang. The last three decades have seen a massive expansion of China’s visual culture industries, from…

Book Launch

Book Launch | Strangers in Their Own Land

09/28 Wednesday | 12:30pm

The Institute for Public Knowledge, in collaboration with NYU’s Department of Sociology, invites you to a book launch with Arlie Hochschild for her new work, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. In Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country –…

Book Launch

Book Launch | A Dream Denied

09/26 Monday | 6pm

The Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us in celebrating the release of A Dream Denied: Incarceration, Recidivism, and Young Minority Men in America by sociologist Michaela Soyer. The author will be in discussion with Ruth Horowitz and Jamie Fader. Young men of color are often portrayed in the media as victims of poverty and discrimination. In A Dream Denied,…


Oikos Workshop | Financial Planning as Self-Fashioning in the Age of Financialization

09/23 Friday | 1pm

The OIKOS Working Group and NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join for a presentation and discussion with sociocultural anthropologist Ainur Begim about her work on financial planning as self-fashioning. Please email chumley[at]nyu[dot]edu for a copy of the paper. Begim’s work, based on 15 months of field research, examines the emergence of life insurance as a savings device for multi-generational households in postsocialist Kazakhstan. An oil-based economy,…

Book Launch

Book Launch | Michael Ralph’s Forensics of Capital

09/12 Monday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for a discussion and reception to celebrate the release of Forensics of Capital by Michael Ralph. The author will be in discussion with Gustav Peebles and Fatoumata Seck. As one of Africa’s few democracies, Senegal has long been thought of as a leader of moral, political, and economic development on the…

Book Launch

Book Talk | The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology

04/25 Monday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the Race and Public Space working group invites you to join for a conversation with Aldon Morris and Thomas Sugrue about Morris’s latest book The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology. In this groundbreaking book, Morris’s ambition is truly monumental: to help…

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