An Aesthetic Education

9 October 2008, 17:00 - 18:30

Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge

A Lecture by Gayatri Spivak (Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University) on how the disciplines have to be changed to accommodate the aesthetic education that the world needs now.

 

Bio: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor and Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, teaches English and the Politics of Culture.  She was educated at the University of Calcutta, and came to Cornell University in 1961 to finish doctoral work.  Her books are Myself Must I Remake (1974), In Other Worlds(1987), The Post-Colonial Critic (1988), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993), A Critique of Postcolonial ReasonDeath of a Discipline (2003), and the recently released Other Asias (2008).  An Aesthetic Education: or, Globalizing the Curriculum? is in press.  She has translated Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology (1976) and Mahasweta Devi's Imaginary Maps (1994), Breast Stories (1997), Old Women (1999), and Chotti Munda and his Arrow (2002).  She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, the University of London, and Oberlin College, as well as many other honors.  She is active in the International Women's Movement, the struggle for ecological justice, and rural literacy.  Her influence has been felt in Art and Architecture, Law and Political Science, in curatorial practices here and abroad.  Her work has been translated into many languages.  Her focus has remained education in the Humanities as the best lasting weapon to combat imperialism.

The Lecture will be followed by a wine reception in the Faculty of English Foyer (10West Road), 18.30-19.30.

All welcome. No registration required.  

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