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Toril Moi – A New Genealogy of Modernism: Idealism/Realism/Symbolism

4 March 2009 – (HARC) – In this lecture, which is based on her most recent work in progress, Professor Toril Moi will try to work out a theoretical framework for thinking about historical change in literature based on Wittgenstein and Kuhn. She will ask whether the opposition between modernism and realism is a generalization of the opposition between symbolism and naturalism in France in the 1880s and the 1890s. And why is symbolism often considered the beginning of modernism, when so much of it appears to be completely consonant with idealism?

Peter Linebaugh – The Magna Carta Manifesto

3 March 2009 – Prof. Peter Linebaugh examines the current state of liberty and shows how longstanding restraints against tyranny—and the rights of habeas corpus, trial by jury, and due process of law, and the prohibition of torture—are being abridged.