"Obama, Du Bois, Autobiography"
Colloquium talk with Professor Robert Gooding-Williams
THURSDAY, March 7, 4:30-6pm, McLaren 250
After the overthrow of Jim Crow and the reelection of our first black president, how should we conceptualize the tasks of a racially progressive politics in the United States? "Obama, Du Bois, Autobiography" addresses this question through 1) the lens of recent philosophical work on the relation between narrative and the justification of political hope, and 2) a comparison of Barack Obama's Dreams of My Father and W.E.B. Du Bois' Dusk of Dawn. In light of this comparison, the paper also evaluates some recent contributions to the Political Science subfield of American Political Development.
Robert Gooding-Williams is the Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Zarathustra's Dionysian Modernism (Stanford, 2001), Look, A Negro!: Philosophical Essays on Race, Culture, and Politics (Routledge, 2005), and In The Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America (Harvard, 2009).
In The Shadow of Du Bois: This is Harvard UP's page on Prof. Gooding-Williams' book, "In the Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America."
Professor Ronald Sundstrom is the contact for this event. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is sponsored by generosity of the Mortimer Fleishhacker Fund for Philosophy at USF and co-sponsored by African American Studies.