Small Planet

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Jackman Humanities Institute

170 St. George Street, 1st floor, Room 100


This talk will offer a critique of the tendency to seek past solutions to 21st century problems by exploring the idea of a shrinking planet premised on increasing human populations alongside technologies of traversing space over shorter periods of time. The discussion will be linked to the meaning of “public” in this context and the communicative significance of “power.”

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; and Honorary Professor in the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa. His books include Geopolitics and Decolonization (Rowman & Littlefield International) and the forthcoming Fear of Black Consciousness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA and Penguin in the UK), On Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization (Routledge), and 论哲学、去殖民化与种族 (“On Philosophy, Decolonization, and Race”), trans. Li Beilei (Wuhan, China: Wuhan University Press).

March 11, 2020 | 4:00pm to 6:00pm
JHB100, 170 St. George Street

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. JHB100 is a wheelchair-accessible space; if you need other accommodation for accessibility, please contact Kim Yates at or (416) 946-0313.


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