Published: Feb. 22, 2021
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Recent national and international events -- including events surrounding the US election -- have raised plenty of rancor but not much insight into the implications of those events for democracy and for those countries that aim to abide by the establishing principles of democracy. The Center for Critical Thought is pleased to announce the first in a series of talks on the “Future of…”

Please join us Friday, Feb 26, for a panel discussion on the Future of Democracy. The event will be held remotely over Zoom:

The Future of Democracy

Sponsored by CU’s Center for Critical Thought

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Friday, Feb 26, 3:30-5:00 PM MST

Participants and Panelists:

  • Prof. Lisa Disch (Political Science, University of Michigan)

  • Lisa Disch specializes in contemporary continental political thought, paying particular attention to feminist theory, political ecology, and theories of democracy in both the US and France. Framing this range of interests is a concern with the power of conventions that are regarded as necessary or natural, and a fascination with how they come to be looked upon that way.


  • Prof. Ainsley LeSure (Politics, Africana Studies, Brown University)

  • Ainsley LeSure is a political theorist with broad interests in antiracist critical theory, democratic theory, social justice, and feminist theory. Her current book project “Subverting the Rule of Race: Achieving Racial Equality Democratically,” traces how an over-emphasis on the inner states of individuals – like implicit biases, intentions, motivations, sentiments, aversions, and beliefs – in explaining the tenacity of racial injustice in the contemporary moment blinds us to the way racism makes its appearance in the world. Using resources provided from the political thought of Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon, and Kwame Ture and Charles V. Hamilton, the book offers an account of individual and collective responsibility for racism in the post-Civil Rights era and a theory of political resistance to racial domination that takes seriously the project of democratic racial equality. In addition to the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, her research has been supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. 


  • Prof. James Martel (Political Science, San Francisco State University)

  • James Martel is the author of seven books with an eighth book that is forthcoming: Disappointing Vision: Anarchist Prophecy and the Power of Collective Sight (under contract, Duke University Press). Prior to that he published Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead (Amherst College Press, 2018). Before that he published The Misinterpellated Subject (Duke University Press, 2017).


Moderator: Michaele Ferguson (Political Science, CU Boulder)