I’ve been wanting to give a lecture at an Ethical Society for years, ever since my days in Saint Louis. Tomorrow I get my wish. On April 17, at 10:30am I’ll be giving a lecture entitled Race, the Death of the Public, and the Neoliberal Turn, at the Baltimore Ethical Society. The address is 306 W. Franklin St., Baltimore MD. The blurb:
Over the past forty years we’ve seen the progressive role of government diminish, while the punitive role of government has increased markedly. The very concept of “the public” is under threat. My talk addresses the role race and racism plays in the move towards punitive governance and I end with a discussion about ways to resist this turn and rebuild the public.