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Deva Woodly

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Austin, Building

Deva Woodly is giving a talk " The Pragmatism of Social Movement." Abstract: We often think of Social Movements as ideal enterprises; activities undertaken by passionate idealists who eschew the corruption of the status quo for the purity of an imagined better world. While the passion and idealism of social movement participants is certainly real, I argue that if we look at movements through the theoretical lens of American pragmatism, we find that they are an utterly practical, functionally necessary, and immanently effective apart of democratic politics. Taking the contemporary example of the Movement for Black Lives, we will explore the pragmatic imagination, organization, articulation, and political participation of this country's ascendant 21st century movement.


Public Discourse Project (primary), History Department, Humanities Institute, UConn Master Calendar

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