2015 Fall Event Schedule

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Lincoln Hall 1002

Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series

The Unit for Criticism's annual introductory lecture series on critical theory features lectures by Unit affiliates from across campus. Complete schedule here.

For more information, please email Susan Koshy, Ted Faust, or Roman Friedman.

Thursday, October 8
English Building, Lower Level Atrium

Graduate Student Info Night

Learn about opportunities for scholarship and research support offered by the Unit for Criticism, eat free food, and meet our staff.

Please RSVP by emailing Ted Faust or Roman Friedman.

Monday, October 19
Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom

Author's Roundtable with Michael Javen Fortner, author of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment

"Often seen as a political sop to the racial fears of white voters, aggressive policing and draconian sentencing for illegal drug possession and related crimes have led to the imprisonment of millions of African Americans - far in excess of their representation in the population as a whole. Michael Javen Fortner showsin this eye-opening account that these punitive policies also enjoyed the support of many working-class and middle-class blacks, who were angry about decline and disorder in their communities. Black Silent Majority lays bare the tangled roots of a pernicious system."


Ronald Bailey (African American Studies)

Margareth Etienne (College of Law)


Readings from Black Silent Majority:


Chapter 5

(to obtain the password to access the readings, please email Susan Koshy, Ted Faust, or Roman Friedman)

Monday, November 2
Illini Union, Room 104

"Necessary Beasts: Making Humans in the Middle Ages"

Fall 2015 Unit for Criticism Distinguished Faculty Lecture by Eleonora Stoppino (Medieval Studies)

Introduction by Charles D. Wright (English/Medieval Studies)

Response by Craig Williams (Classics)