13/13 Seminar Series


Thursday, October 15, 2020  6:15pm Virtual Event from 6:15pm - 8:45pm EDT


Free and open to the public

Registration required


Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

This seminar will explore the theoretical lens of “Abolition Democracy” originally coined by W.E.B. Du Bois and later interpreted by Angela Davis, as a way to think critically about the different struggles for abolition, both historically and in their current context.

Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakRobert Gooding-WilliamsIvan CalaffKendall Thomas, and Bernard E. Harcourt read and discuss Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 by W.E.B. Du Bois and Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prison, Torture, and Empire by Angela Davis, and “Envisioning Abolition: Sex, Citizenship, and the Racial Imaginary of the Killing State” by Kendall Thomas

This session will open with a reading by Christopher Wolfe of his personal essay: “The most beautifullest thing in this world.”

Click here to RSVP. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.


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