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Tuesday, October 23

Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series - Critical Race Theory

Lecture by Kathryn Sophia Belle, Philosophy, Penn State

Tuesday, October 30

Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series - Indigenous Studies

Lecture by Nicholas Estes, American Studies, University of New Mexico

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"The Open Secret of Racial Capitalist Violence" - Jodi Melamed (Marquette)

How can we explain the open secret of permissible violence for racial capitalist accumulation, in the U.S. and globally? Melamed argues that we must come to grips with the diffuse and deadly capacities of administrative power to give impunity to racial capitalist violence through seemingly...




Affiliated Courses

Unit-affiliated graduate courses, are open to graduate students in all departments and programs, and have a significant theoretical and interdisciplinary component. They can also be used to complete course requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series

The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will offer a series of public lectures on the history of critical theory. These lectures, each of which will be followed by open discussion, will take place every Fall semester, on Tuesdays, from 5:15-6:45 pm.


The Unit for Criticism regularly offers seminars, which are non-credit faculty/graduate student reading groups that meet several times a semester. Topics change each semester and grow out of the interests and recommendations of Unit-affiliated faculty and students.




The Unit is pleased to share Lettycia Terrones (LIS) and Anirban Mukhopadhay's (ICR) reflections on their experiences as Nicholson Graduate Fellows at the 2018 School for Criticism and Theory (SCT) Summer Institute at Cornell University. 

The Unit is delighted to welcome on board the new Unit faculty affiliates:

Asiya Ikhsanova's (Comparative Literature) response to Joana Moll's artist talk on "Deep Carbon" for the Technocultural Futurisms symposium is now available on Kritik. As always, we welcome your comments.