A conference presented by...
The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
The Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative
The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security

PLEASE NOTE: The line-up for Panels I and III was changed after the event poster was printed.


9.00: Coffee Reception

9.30: Welcome by Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Director, Unit for Criticism; English)

9.45 - 11.15: Keynote Lecture I    (sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities)

    Audrey Kobayashi (Queen’s): "Connecting Freedom and Responsibility: Activist Scholarship and Geopolitics"

    Introduction: Colin Flint (Director, ACDIS; Geography)

11.30 - 1.00: Panel I

    Jo-Marie Burt (George Mason): "Punishing War Crimes in Latin America: Human Rights and
their Discontents in the Land of Impunity"

    Elaine Hadley (Chicago): "Free to be Incompetent: War Crimes and Liberal Guilt in and Beyond the Light Brigade"

    Chair: L. Elena Delgado (Spanish; Gender & Women’s Studies; Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies)

1.00 - 2.00: Buffet Lunch

2.00 - 3.30: Panel II

    Abdi Samatar (Minnesota): "The Dialectic of Piracy in Somalia: The Rich vs. the Poor"

    David M. Hughes (Rutgers): "Fuel of Freedom: Emancipation, Petroleum, and What Comes Next"

    Chair: Jesse Ribot (Director, SDEP; Geography)

3.45 - 5.15: Keynote Lecture II

    Svetlana Boym (Harvard): "Freedom and the Arts of Dissent"

    Introduction: Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic; Comparative & World Literature; Media & Cinema Studies)


9.15: Coffee Reception

9.45: Welcome by Jesse Ribot (Director, Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy; Geography)

10.00 - 11.30: Keynote Lecture III

    Linda Zerilli (Chicago): "Political Freedom, Value Pluralism, and the Problem of Judgment"

    Introduction: Samantha Frost (Political Science; Gender & Women’s Studies)

11.30 - 12.50: Buffet Lunch

1.00 - 2.00: Musical Performance

    Jason Finkelman – Yosef Ben Israel Duo
Percussionist Jason Finkelman (Illinois) and bassist Yosef Ben Israel present improvised music reflective of their backgrounds in avant-world music and jazz traditions.

    Introduction: Gabriel Solis (Music; African American Studies)

2.15 - 3.45: Panel III

    Scott Kurashige (Michigan): "Grace Lee Boggs: Reimagining the American Dream in Detroit"

    Cris Mayo (Illinois): "Queer Student Associations and the Limited Open Forum"

    Chair: Melissa Orlie (Political Science)

4.00 - 5.30: Closing Roundtable
Christopher Higgins (Educational Policy, Organization, & Leadership)
Jennifer Monson (Dance)
Hina Nazar (English)
Sally Perret (Spanish)
Chair: Robert A. Rushing (Italian; Comparative & World Literature; Media & Cinema Studies)

Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Center for Advanced Study,
the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies,
and the following programs and departments: English; Education Policy, Organization & Leadership;
Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese; Comparative & World Literature; Jewish Culture & Society; French/French@Illinois;
Political Science; History; Slavic Languages & Literatures; Latina/Latino Studies; and Germanic Languages & Literatures.

Conference Organizers: Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Unit for Criticism; English); L. Elena Delgado (Spanish; Latin American Studies);
Colin Flint (ACDIS; Geography); Christopher Higgins (Education Policy, Organization & Leadership); Jesse Ribot (SDEP; Geography);
Robert A. Rushing (Italian; Comparative & World Literature; Media & Cinema Studies); Graduate Assistants: Mike Black & Katherine Skwarczek