Tag: 2001 Spring

Civil Society and Democracy

Andrew Arato
February 6, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
February 7, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
February 8, 2001, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Andrew Arato (Ph.D. History, University of Chicago, 1975) is Dorothy Hirshon Professor in Political and Social Theory at the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science of New School University. Professor Arato is one of the world's leading theorists of civil society, as one of the foremost authorities on the Frankfurt School, the history of social thought, and theories of social movements. He is most well known for Civil Society and Political Theory (co-authored with Jean Cohen), which has become perhaps the definitive text in civil society scholarship throughout the social sciences. He is also author or editor of seven other books, including From Neo-Marxism to Democratic Theory (1993), Habermas on Law and Democracy: Critical Exchanges (1998), and most recently, Civil Society, Constitution, and Legitimacy (1999).

The U.S. Labor Movement Today: Challenges, Obstacles, and Opportunities

Bill Fletcher
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Globalization and the New World Order
February 26, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Why Isn't Class Struggle Taught in the Classroom?
February 27, 2001, 3:30PM, Red Gym
The Black Worker Faces a Changing Labor Movement
February 27, 2001, 5:00PM, Madison Labor Temple

    Bill Fletcher, Jr., is Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO, where he oversees the Departments of Education, Civil and Human Rights, Safety and Health, and the Working Women’s Department. Prior to coming to the AFL-CIO, he held several high-level posts with the Service Employees International Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and he was an organizer for District 65-United Auto Workers in Boston. Mr. Fletcher got his start in the labor movement as a member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America. Combining labor and community work, he was also involved in ongoing efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Fletcher has authored numerous articles and is widely regarded as one of the most innovative thinkers within the US labor movement. He is also the National Organizer and co-chair of the Black Radical Congress and has been a long-time activist in the Black Freedom Movement.

Where is the Public and its Male?

Mary Ryan
Sititng Public Democracy: The American City Hall
March 27, 2001, 3:30PM, 5106 Social Sciences
The Bourgeois Public Sphere Reincarnated: Women In The Progressive Era
March 28, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
March 29, 2001, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Mary P. Ryan (Ph.D. History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1971) is Professor of History and Women’s Studies and Margaret Bryne Professor of American History at the University of California-Berkeley. Her primary research interests are in the areas of gender, class, family, and the public sphere. She is the author of numerous articles and six books, including the 1981 winner of the Bankroft and Berkshire prizes, Cradle of the Middle Class: The Families of Oneida County New York 1790-1865 (Cambridge University Press, 1981), Women in Public: Between Banners and Ballots, 1825-1880 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990), and most recently, Civic Wars: Democracy and Public Life in the American City during the Nineteenth Century (University of California Press, 1997).

Civic Engagement: Lessons of the Last Generation

Carmen Sirianni & Harry Boyte
The Civic Renewal Movement in The U.S.
April 10, 2001, 3:30PM, 5106 Social Sciences
Reconstructing Democracy: The Politics of Civic Populism
April 11, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 12, 2001, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Harry Boyte is a senior fellow of the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and co-Director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota. He has written seven books on community organizing, citizen action, and citizenship, including Building America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work and CommonWealth: A Return to Citizen Politics.

Plural Identities and Civic Loyalties

Rogers Smith
Civil Society, Constitutive Stories, and the Politics of People-building
April 18, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Norm of Political Membership for The 21st Century
April 18, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 19, 2001, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Rogers Smith (Ph.D. Political Science, 1980) is Alfred Cowles Professor of Government and co-Director of Center for the Study of Race, Inequality, and Politics at Yale University. His research concerns constitutional law, American political thought and modern legal and political theory. Professor Smith’s publications include Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History (Yale University Press, 1997) and The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Commitments to Racial Equality (forthcoming).

Romancing the Market, Reviling the State: The Politics and Knowledge of Civil Society and the Public Sphere from Political Econo

Margaret Somers
Fear and Loathing of the ublic Sphere and the Naturalization od Civil Society: How Neo-Liberalism outwits the rest of us.
April 24, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
From Poverty to Perversity: Market, State, and Truth over two centuries of Compassionate Conservatism
April 25, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 26, 2001, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Margaret Somers (Ph.D. Sociology, Harvard, 1986) is Associate Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests include the sociology of citizenship, legal history and the sociology of law, comparative historical sociology, economic sociology, political sociology, and social and political theory. Professor Somers is the author of over two dozen articles and book chapters and two forthcoming books: The People and the Law: The Making of Modern Citizenship Rights (Cornell University Press) and Studies in Citizenship, Civil Society and the Public Sphere: Institutions, Associations, Identities (Cambridge University Press).