King's hosts top US academics

Cornel West

Cornel West

Judith  Butler

Judith Butler

King's College and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) are hosting two of the worlds most eminent academics - Cornel West and Judith Butler.

Cornel West is professor of African American Studies at Princeton and is an expert on race and gender in the USA. He is also an author and activist who has toured the USA and made numerous TV appearances giving his views about poverty and politics in America.

He will be staying at King's and debating politics with Paul Gilroy (Friday 3 May), public philosophy with MM McKenzie (Tuesday 7 May) and literature with Ben Okri (Thursday 9 May). The discussions will take place at 5pm in the Law Faculty on the Sidgwick Site.

Judith Butler is a philosopher who has made a significant contribution to political theory, moral philosophy and gender studies. She is best known for her book Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), considered to be one of the canonical texts of queer theory and postmodern/poststructural feminism.

She will be giving a public lecture at 5pm on Wednesday 22 May at the West Road Concert Hall.

The visits have been co-ordinated by Professor Simon Goldhill, who is the Director of CRASSH and a Fellow of King's.

29 April 2013