The Center for the Study of Democracy, Department of Sociology and School of Social Sciences present the Robin M. Williams Jr. Lecture

“Global Articulations of Democracy’s Emergent Formations”
with Michael D. Kennedy, Brown University

Friday, March 1, 2013
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
UCI University Club Library

Michael D. Kennedy is professor of sociology and international studies at Brown University where he explores the relationship between knowledge practices and global transformations, especially those which hold the promise of extending democracy. Beginning with studies of intellectuals and professionals in East European social movements and systemic change (e.g. Professionals, Power and Solidarity [1991], Cultural Formations of Postcommunism [2002]), Kennedy focuses now on how different kinds of knowledge networks enhance the rational critical capacities of publics in social change.  He is currently revising a book entitled Articulations of Globalizing Knowledge: Cosmopolitan Intellectuality and Consequential Solidarity.  He has also explored these potentials in academic administration and in knowledge networks. Among other posts, he served as the University of Michigan's first Vice Provost for International Affairs and founding director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies as well as the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.   His  work with the Open Society Foundation in Poland, Ukraine, and Kosova and with the Next Left project in the Foundation for European Progressive Studies is especially relevant to his lecture.

For further information, please contact Shani Brasier, or 949-824-2904.

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