Archive | October, 2014

Upcoming events of interest

30 Oct


As mentioned at this evening’s meeting, there are a few upcoming events at Berkeley and in San Francisco that Frankfurt Schoolkids like ourselves might find interesting:

  • Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct 30th: a conversation about history and narrative, drawing together Eelco Runia (this year’s Avenali Chair), Hayden White, Martin Jay, Carol Gluck, Harry Harootunian, and Ethan Kleinberg. The event is at 4pm in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler.
  • next Tuesday, November 4th: a conversation about the new critical biography of Walter Benjamin, featuring the biography’s authors, Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings, as well as Lindsay Waters and Martin Jay. This is taking place at 5pm in 370 Dwinelle Hall.
  • next week is also the week that City Lights Books is sponsoring a series of events in San Francisco celebrating Eiland and Jennings’ new book on Benjamin. Events include roundtable discussions and lectures, a film screening, and presentations from scholars, activists, and historians, on central aspects of Benjamin’s life and philosophy, as well as his work’s relevance to contemporary politics, objects, and issues, like gentrification, the Occupy movement, Google glass, drone warfare, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

Happy rambles,

Megan & Erin



Next meeting: Wednesday, 10/29, @ 5pm – Bloch and Adorno on Utopias

24 Oct

Dear all,

Please join the Frankfurt School Working Group next Wednesday, October 29th, at 5pm in Wheeler Hall room 450, for the first of several discussions about utopian longing. We’ll talk about the dialogue between Bloch and Adorno, “Something’s Missing,” and Bloch’s essay “Art and Utopia: The Creation of the Ornament.” Please bring a copy of the readings with you, so that we can keep our discussion close to the text.

Here’s an irresistible (to us, at least) preview of the second essay, in words we’ll shortly re-encounter by José Muñoz in his book Cruising Utopia: “[Bloch] proposes the example of a modern bathroom as this age’s exemplary site to see a utopian potentiality, the site where nonfunctionality and total functionality merge.” There will be snacks and wine, as always, to complement such delicious imagery.

looking forward (as ever),

Erin & Megan

Today’s meeting location: Wheeler Hall 330

15 Oct

Dear all,

Today’s Frankfurt School Working Group will convene in Wheeler Hall room 330, the English department lounge, not in room 450 as previously stated. We’re sorry for the late notice of this detail change, but look forward to a great discussion in just over an hour!


Megan & Erin

meeting next Wednesday, October 15th, at 5pm in 450 Wheeler Hall

8 Oct

Dear all,

Please join the Frankfurt School Working Group next Wednesday, October 15th, as we discuss the final two chapters of Afflicted Powers. We’ll meet at 5pm in Wheeler Hall 450. (Note that we’ll meet on a Wednesday, not our usual Thursday, due to room scheduling constrictions.)


Megan & Erin (who’ll be back and is excited to join in the conversation!)