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Foucault Society, New Reading Group: The Courage of Truth (Feb 8)


Michel Foucault
The Courage of Truth

The Government of Self and Others II

Lectures at the College de France, 1983-1984

First Meeting:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY

Please join us for our new reading group on Michel Foucault’s final lecture course, recently published by Palgrave Macmillan (2011).

Our intensive, semester-long group will meet every two weeks on Wednesday evenings at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Details are below and on our website.

Open to the public. Suggested donation: $5/meeting.

Registration: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com


In the manuscript for The Courage of Truth, Foucault concluded by identifying a central point of contact in the complex relationship between veridiction-governmentality-subjectivation: namely, that of otherness. Taking these “last words” as a guideline, the Foucault Society’s new reading group will examine Foucault’s 1984 lecture course–which ended just before his death on June 25, 1984–as an “unfinished” problematization of truth and otherness. How may we join Foucault in re-thinking truth and government in relation to the problem of the other (l’autre)? How can the relationship to the other allow us, in various ways, to “get free of ourselves,” and to open up new possibilities and relations to truth?

Our close reading of the lecture course will be supplemented by short selections from The Government of Self and Others (Palgrave 2010), as well as Foucault’s earlier works on the history of madness, abnormality, sexuality, and other figures of “otherness.


Meeting 1: Wednesday, February 8

Lecture: 1 February 1984, First and Second Hours

Meeting 2: Wednesday, February 22

Lecture: 8 February 1984, First and Second Hours

Complete calendar to be announced soon.

Location and time for all meetings:


CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409

We will cover one entire lecture (first and second hours) at each meeting, which will be held approximately every two weeks. We expect to conclude in June.

In order to develop a productive dialogue among group members, we ask that participants commit to attending most sessions.

Questions? Please contact Kevin Jobe at foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com

Reading Group Coordinator:

Kevin S. Jobe is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Stony Brook University. His research interests lie at the intersection of political philosophy and the philosophy of race. He presented “The Biopolitics of Homelessness” at the Foucault Society’s Colloquium Series in May 2011.

About the Book:

For table of contents and more information about The Courage of Truth from Palgrave Macmillan, click here.

About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization offering a variety of programs dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984). All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault’s work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.

Twitter: @foucaultsociety

Poe Showcase – Thursday, 12/1

Community members and NYU students will come together to showcase an array of artistic mediums in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe. Drama, readings, animation and artwork are just a few of the creative expressions that will highlight the life and work of this mysterious story-teller.
Reception to follow in the Poe Room. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring photo ID for entry. Click here to print a flyer for this event.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 PM
NYU’s School of Law
Furman Hall, Room 216
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
(between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South)
RSVP to NYU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs at 212.998.2400 or community.affairs@nyu.edu.
Sponsored by: NYU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs and Lois Rakoff, Community Director of the Poe Room

Elizabeth Bishop Centennial Conference: This Thursday and Friday (12/1; 12/2) at Gallatin

To the NYU and NYC Community:


Co-organized by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Poetry Society of America, with the support of the NYU Humanities Initiative.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place


6-6:45 pm: Seeing Elizabeth Bishop, by Eric Karpeles

7-8:30 pm: Bishop in Brazil Screening & Discussion, by Helena Blaker, Brett Millier, Barbara Page, and Lloyd Schwartz, with Alice Quinn

FRIDAY, 12/1

1-2:30 pm: Elizabeth Bishop and Modern Art, by William Benton and Peggy Samuels, with Lisa Goldfarb

3-4:30 pm: Editors’ Roundtable, by Joelle Biele, Saskia Hamilton, Lloyd Schwartz and Thomas Travisono, with Jonathan Galassi

5-6pm: Gallatin Poet/Poetry Teacher and Student Poetry Reading, by Emily Fragos, Scott Hightower, and students Jacqueline Allen, Emma Behnke, Stephanie Rodas and Luke Vargas

6:30-8 pm: Celebratory Poetry Reading, by Frank Bidart, John L. Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maureen McLane, Mark Strand and Jean Valentine

RSVP & questions: WP Coordinator Molly Kleiman, mollykleiman@nyu.edu

Talk & Book Signing

The Coles Science Center and the NYU Libraries Information Futures Group present:

“THE INFORMATION: A History, A Theory, A Flood”

A talk and book signing by author James Gleick

DATE: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
TIME: 5:30-7:00PM
LOCATION: Bobst Library, 3rd floor, Fales Reading Room, 70 Washington Sq S, New York, NY

James Gleick, author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, will discuss his bestselling new book, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood.

From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. His compelling characters include Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the brilliant and doomed daughter of the poet, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself. And bringing us up to date in a time when we often feel we are drowning in a deluge of information, Gleick tells us how we got here and where we’re heading.

The Information will be available for sale on site by the NYU Bookstore, and the author will be signing copies.

**RSVP required: http://tinyurl.com/GleickRSVP

Seating for this event is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact Jill Conte at jill.conte@nyu.edu.

Draper instructor Chuck Wachtel reading 5/5

Chuck Wachtel, who teaches Draper’s Human Fact course each fall, will be giving a reading, along with Yusef Komunyakaa, this Thursday, May 5th at 7:00pm at NYU’s Creative Writer’s House (58 W. 10th St.). The evening will be hosted by Jocelyn Lieu, who is teaching Draper’s Human Fact course this spring.More info is below as well as on the Creative Writing Program’s events page.

Thursday, May 5th, 7pm

Yusef Komunyakaa & Chuck Wachtel

Hosted by Jocelyn Lieu

Yusef Komunyakaa introduced by Alison Roh Park; Chuck Wachtel introduced by Emily Pan

Location: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues