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Intellect or Instinct: Must We Choose? A Contemporary View of the Death Drive

Intellect or Instinct: Must We Choose? A Contemporary View of the Death Drive

The death drive was first defined by Signmund Freud as “an urge inherent in all organic life to restore an earlier state of things,” through death, destruction, or non-existence. Otto F. Kernberg, MD, former president of the International Psychoanalytical Association lectures on his critical examination of Freud’s theory of the death drive based on the [...]

Posted: Oct 10th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Intellect or Instinct: Must We Choose? A Contemporary View of the Death Drive

Intellect or Instinct: Must We Choose? A Contemporary View of the Death Drive

The death drive was first defined by Sigmund Freud as “an urge inherent in all organic life to restore an earlier state of things,” through death, destruction, or non-existence. Otto F. Kernberg, MD, former president of the International Psychoanalytical Association lectures on his critical examination of Freud’s theory of the death drive based on the [...]

Posted: Oct 10th, 2008 | Comments: 0
An Evening with Ishmael Reed and Al Young

An Evening with Ishmael Reed and Al Young

Poets Ishmael Reed and Al Young read their poetry and engage in an interactive dialogue about the historical and cultural influences on their work as part of the Legacy Conversation series that explores the lives and work of distinguished Black poets and scholars. Poet LaTasha Diggs will moderate this conversation. This event was held by [...]

Posted: Oct 1st, 2008 | Comments: 1
A Maoist Vision for a New Nepal:  Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal

A Maoist Vision for a New Nepal: Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal

In August 2008, Pushpa Kamal Dahal was elected Nepal’s newest Prime Minister after the country’s first-ever Constituent Assembly elections. As chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the leader of its People’s Liberation Army, he led a decade-long People’s War with the goals of ending Nepal’s monarchy and creating a new federal republic. [...]

Posted: Sep 26th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Deconstructing the Immigrant Vote: A Feet in Two Worlds

Deconstructing the Immigrant Vote: A Feet in Two Worlds

More than ever before, immigrant voters are key players in electoral politics and the presidential race. Yet their opinions and concerns are often overlooked by mainstream media. What are the top issues and priorities for today’s immigrant voters? How are the nation’s immigrant communities responding to the candidates’ efforts to woo them—and who will win [...]

Posted: Sep 25th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Courts and Constitutional Issues

The Courts and Constitutional Issues

Are these truly perilous times for democracy filled with uncertainty and instability? What role does the Supreme Court play in this transitional moment in American politics? Bob Kerrey, president of The New School, and journalist Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, assessed the decisions of the Roberts court as the United [...]

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2008 | Comments: 0
M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites

M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, master food writer, worked with many American food celebrities, including Julia Child, James Beard, and Alice Waters. In the year of the centennial of her birth, a panel of distinguished guests celebrate her life. Panelists include Amanda Hesser, editor, New York Times and author of the foreword to M.F.K. Fisher Among [...]

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Branding Democracy: Barack Obama and the American Void

Branding Democracy: Barack Obama and the American Void

Simon Critchley examines Obama’s subjectivity, the existential detachment that seems to haunt him, and its relation to democracy. When democracy is promoted as a brand, it can be seen to generate many desires, such as participation, freedom of expression, a sense of belonging, and the promise of individual success—all embodied in the notion of “liberty.” [...]

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008 | Comments: 2
Finance and Labor: Perspectives on Risk, Inequality, and Democracy

Finance and Labor: Perspectives on Risk, Inequality, and Democracy

Income inequality and employment risk are on the rise. How does financial development link to these benchmarks? Sanford Jacoby, Howard Noble Professor of Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management, addresses these questions, which are then taken up by a panel of representatives from the government, labor movement, and Wall Street. Panelists include Charles Jeszeck, [...]

Posted: Sep 10th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Food Writing Forum: Gastronomica

Food Writing Forum: Gastronomica

Gastronomica, the Journal of Food and Culture seeks to encourage thoughtful reflection on the history, literature, and cultural impact of food. The New School Writing Program and the Food Studies Department host a reading and discussion featuring Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica, cookbook author, and the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian [...]

Posted: Sep 9th, 2008 | Comments: 0
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