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DIS University: Liberal Democracy and Drivers of Exclusion

September 18 · 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Free
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DIS University: Liberal Democracy and Drivers of Exclusion

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Is liberal democracy an oxymoron? Can ‘liberalism’ and ‘democracy’ coexist? Join us as we discuss the social and political frictions that arise from the interaction between these concepts.

Lester K. Spence, author of Knocking The Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics and Associate Professor of Political Studies and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, will be joined in conversation with media theorist McKenzie Wark, whose work examining liberalism and democracy is featured in the DIS: A Good Crisis exhibition currently on view at the BMA. The discussion will be moderated by artist and organizer Lee Heinemann.

Arrive early! DIS | A Good Crisis will be open from 5–6:30 p.m. and the event's first 50 guests will receive a free DIS U travel mug. Pop-up coffee shop and bookstore presented by Red Emma’s and Thread Coffee Roasters.

SPEAKER BIOS

Lester K. Spence is a professor of political science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in the study of black, racial, and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn. Spence was awarded the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for  Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics. He can be heard regularly on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show. 

McKenzie Wark  is the author of  A Hacker Manifesto,  Gamer Theory,  50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International  and  The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. She teaches at the New School for Social Research and the Eugene Lang College in New York City.

Lee Heinemann is an artist, organizer, and the initiator of Get Your Life!, a collaborative, youth-centered video production company that puts adult artists to work producing projects written, designed, directed, and often starring middle school students at 901 Arts, a community center in Baltimore, Maryland. Get Your Life!  is now in residence in the Joseph Education Center at The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Is liberal democracy an oxymoron? Can ‘liberalism’ and ‘democracy’ coexist? Join us as we discuss the social and political frictions that arise from the interaction between these concepts.

Lester K. Spence, author of Knocking The Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics and Associate Professor of Political Studies and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, will be joined in conversation with media theorist McKenzie Wark, whose work examining liberalism and democracy is featured in the DIS: A Good Crisis exhibition currently on view at the BMA. The discussion will be moderated by artist and organizer Lee Heinemann.

DIS University: Liberal Democracy and Drivers of Exclusion

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