Concluding this semester’s Fisher Center lecture series is American literary theorist and political philosopher Michael Hardt. Hardt will discuss this year’s theme of the commons, with a talk on “The Right to the Common,” on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Chair of the Literature Program at Duke, Hardt will examine how the right to the common has become the heart of many struggles in contemporary society. Much of his recent writing focuses on the political, legal, economic and social aspects of globalization. Through political and critical theory, Hardt analyzes the current global power structure – particularly how it functions and how it is changing.
Hardt is co-author with Antonio Negri of “Declaration” as well as the “Empire” trilogy. He currently serves as editor of The South Atlantic Quarterly. Hardt received a B.S. in engineering from Swarthmore College, a M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington.
Established in 1998, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men brings together faculty, students, and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society. For more information, visit http://www.hws.edu/academics/fisher_center/index.aspx.