2021-2022 Online Speaker Series

Identity and Belonging in a Global Age

With the rise of tribalism and nationalism throughout the world, questions of collective identity and belonging have surged to prominence in recent years. Across numerous disciplines and discourses, a key dilemma has taken shape: how to reconcile the legitimate yearning for rootedness and locality, with the fluidity and porousness of an increasingly global age. On the one hand, prevailing responses to this dilemma, including those shaped by predominant forms of nationalism, liberalism, and globalism, are struggling to resolve the tension. On the other hand, a range of perspectives deriving from alternate sites of collective life and value—for example, indigenous communities, postcolonial and social justice movements, religion, environmental movements, and cosmopolitan networks—cast the dilemma in a different light. This series brings together leading thinkers from a variety of perspectives to examine and reframe the crises of identity that confront us in a rapidly changing global age, and to think deeply about how humanity might resolve them.

Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and COMIT.

Presentations in this series

Friday, December 10, 2021 at 10:00-11:30 am EST

What Makes Humanity? Identities, Relationships, and a New Cosmopolitanism

Craig Calhoun, Achille Mbembe, and David Palmer

January 28, 2022 at 3:00-4:30 pm EST

Identity, Spirituality, and Social Change

Akeel Bilgrami and Cornel West

Friday, February 25, 2022 at 3:00-4:30 pm EST

Identity and Alternative Visions of World Order

Or Rosenboim and Inés Valdez

Friday, April 22, 2022 at 3:00-4:30 pm EDT

Identity, Justice, and the Future of “Race”

Barbara Fields and Derik Smith

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 3:00-4:30 pm EDT

Identity, Liberalism, and Democracy in America

Juliet Hooker and Samuel Moyn

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