Lecture with Michael Hardt: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Michael Hardt, Duke University
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5PM-7PM
370 Dwinelle Hall
We continue to witness each year the eruption of "leaderless" social movements. From North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the Americas, and East Asia, movements have left journalists, political analysts, police forces, and governments disoriented and perplexed. Activists too have struggled to understand and evaluate the power and effectiveness of horizontal movements. Why have the movements, which express the needs and desires of so many, not been able to achieve lasting change and a more just society? Many assume that if only social movements could find new leaders they would return to their earlier glory and be able to sustain and achieve projects of social transformation and liberation. Where, they ask, are the new Martin Luther King Jr.s, Rudi Dutschkes, Patric Lumumbas, and Stephen Bikos? Where have all the leaders gone?
Michael Hardt, widely considered one of the most articulate and creative thinkers/writers on the Left these past twenty years, has done so from a base of Duke University, where he is a professor of literature.
The Global Urban Humanities Initiative is proud to co-sponsor this event with the Rhetoric, English, Italian, and Geography departments and the Townsend Center.