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Patten Lecture Series announced for 2022-23

The William T. Patten Foundation and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs have announced the speakers for the 2022-23 Patten Lecture Series: Cherrie Moraga, Susan Neiman (whose lecture was rescheduled) and Francis Fukuyama.

Cherrie Moraga Cherríe Moraga, professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will lecture during the week of Sept. 12, 2022.

Author, playwright, director and longtime queer Chicana activist, Moraga is co-founder and co-director of Las Maestras Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Praxis at UCSB. She is author and editor or co-editor of numerous books, including “Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir” (2020). She collaborated with Gloria Anzaldúa in the 1980s to co-edit “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color,” a volume that remains a central point of intellectual and affective reference in numerous fields.

Susan Neiman Susan Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany, will lecture during the week of Feb. 27, 2023.

A moral philosopher and public intellectual, Neiman’s international eminence is attested by her large scholarly contributions and public engagement on issues of race, racism and the memory of the Holocaust in Germany. Her book “Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil” (2019) has received much attention in the United States for its reflections on how society remembers its legacy of slavery and racism in comparison to the way that Germany has sought to address its Nazi past.

Francis Fukuyama Francis Fukuyama, the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and director of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy at Stanford University, will lecture during the week of March 27, 2023.

Fukuyama is a political scientist, policy analyst and public intellectual. His work has centered on the importance of liberal democracy as a solution to global problems, with implications for how contemporary scholars consider ideology, historical legacies and intellectual history, and global transformation.

Among his publications is the influential 1992 book, “The End of History and the Last Man.” Recent books include “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment” (2018) and “Liberalism and Its Discontents” (2022).

Public lectures will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The William T. Patten Foundation

The William T. Patten Foundation, endowed by a student of the IU class of 1893, provides generous funds to bring to the Bloomington campus for a week people of extraordinary national and international distinction in the sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Past Lecturers have included Oscar Arias, Jorge Luis Borges, Noam Chomsky, Natalie Zemon Davis, Umberto Eco, Julian S. Huxley, Evelyn Fox Keller, Toni Morrison, Martha Nussbaum, Amos Oz, Helmuth Rilling, Edward Said, Amartya Sen, Wole Soyinka, Rene Thom, Thomas Schelling, Strobe Talbott and Lester Thurow.

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