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Escaping the Ivory Tower: Insurgent Research and the Autonomous Production of Knowledge, a Lecture by Gustavo Esteva


Wesleyan’s favorite Mexican philosopher-prince is at it again. Gustavo Esteva closes up his lecture series tomorrow with a final event.

Ross Levin ’15 writes in:

The Foucaultian challenge to the institutional production of “truth” (the statements governing our behavior) is not coming from universities or research centers but from social movements: insurgent research, militant research, reflection in action. From Colectivo Situaciones in Argentina to Unitierra in California or Chocosol in Toronto autonomous centers for the production of knowledge are proliferating. Is this an ephemeral, marginal fashion? What is the role of these centers in the current wave of mobilizations? Does they represent alternative, valid ways of knowing?

  • Date: TOMORROW – Friday, October 11
  • Time: 12:00pm noon
  • Place: Allbritton 311 (top floor)
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Hope in the Face of the Intolerable: Apocalypse and Prospects for Emancipation, a Lecture by Gustavo Esteca


Gustavo Esteva’s legendary lecture series continues tomorrow afternoon with his third talk.

Ross Levin ’15 leaks the following:

Everywhere today the capitalist narrative of crisis is quickly shifting to one of imminent collapse. From the halls of power to the screens of Hollywood we are seeing the drumbeat of apocalypse. With catastrophic war and climate change considered the new mundane reality of the contemporary human condition, what paths to liberation can be carved from the rupture?

Date: TOMORROW – Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: 4:30pm
Place: Downey House
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Beyond the State, Beyond Development, Beyond the Postmodern: Anarchy and Buen Vivir, a lecture by Gustavo Esteva

Gustavo at Unitierra

After an inspiring discussion on Zapatismo earlier this evening, Gustavo Esteva continues his rampage of enlightenment through the young minds of Wes tomorrow with a second lecture.

Organizers are billing this event as “The Alternative Hugo Black Lecture”, in contestation of the University’s choice to invite Israeli Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak, a figure accused of normalizing torture, occupation, and apartheid in Palestine, to give the annual Hugo Black Lecture in the Memorial Chapel. Antonin Scalia, who spoke for the Hugo Black Lecture in spring 2012, drew intense protest for his reactionary judicial record.

Ross Levin ’15 with the details:

We are experiencing the end of an historical cycle, not just another crisis. All over the world, people are taking initiatives reclaiming the control of their lives and challenging the political system and dominant paradigms. What is the nature of these initiatives? How can we move past the logic of a neoliberal project of development to collectively reach that which lies beyond?

Date: TOMORROW – Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Allbritton 311 (top floor)
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Utopian Dreams Materialized: Zapatismo and the Insurrection of Ordinary People, a Lecture by Gustavo Esteva

babyThe long wait is over and Gustavo Esteva, radical Mexican scholar and deprofessionalized intellectual, has finally made his triumphant return to campus after a wildly popular lecture series last year. The man will be in town all week dropping knowledge on indigenous resistance, struggles for autonomy and moving beyond the logic of capitalism. Don’t miss these!

Ross Levin ’15 breaks it down:

Nearly twenty years have passed since the Zapatistas first issued their wake-up call to the ravages of Neoliberal Globalization. That call has since echoed in anti-systemic movements across the world from Seattle to Argentina, from the streets of Athens to Occupy Wall Street. What is the nature of Zapatismo as a political attitude and how can the demand for horizontal democracy be realized not as an appeal to power but an abolition of it?

  • Date: TOMORROW October 7, 2013
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Place: Russell House
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