From riots spanning Baltimore, London, Paris, and Oakland, forms of protest have become increasingly common in the twenty-first century. How are we to understand the prevalence of riots today? How do riots today relate to those of the 1970s and, reaching further back, to the strikes of the nineteenth century during the Industrial Revolution? And what are the possibilities and limitations of collective action in our increasingly polarized and divided political climate? To address these questions, Professor Joshua Clover will speak on “Community in the Age of Riots” on Thursday, October 19th at 5 pm in DeTamble Auditorium.
A professor of Literature and Critical Theory at University of California Davis, Professor Clover is the author of Riot. Strike. Riot.: The New Era of Uprisings (Verso, 2016). He is also an award-winning poet and author of Red Epic (Commune Editions, 2015) and 1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This to Sing About (UC Press, 2010).
This event is sponsored by the English department and the Humanities Institute, and made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.