UWE PRESENTS CHARLES LEMERT AT THE WATERSHED

Issue date: 21 June 2004


ISSUE DATE: 21/06/04

‘No Third Way About It! September 11, Postmodern Terror and Atlantic Violence’

Wednesday 23 June 2004, 8pm, The Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

Internationally renowned Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University, USA Charles Lemert delivers this provocative lecture at Watershed Media Centre on 23 June 2004. Tackling head on the proponents of Third Way politics and New Labour, this polemical intervention into current political debates over the consequences of September 11 and the War on Terrorism will be bound to provoke debate in both regional and national press.

Charles Lemert is widely considered one of the most important public intellectuals working in the social sciences today. “He is”, says Professor Norman Denzin of the University of Illinois, “the pre-eminent social theorist in America today”.

Lemert’s most recent books have caused considerable controversy, both in the United States and abroad. His book Postmodernism Is Not What You Think was a scathing critique of the cultural and political ramifications of today’s identity politics, the science wars, the media and popular culture. His more recent book Dark Thoughts provided an unflinching look at the complicated history of race and racism in America. A profoundly personal exploration of race relations and multiculturalism, Lemert explored in detail his own racism, what it was like to grow up as the virtual son of a black mother and of his life today as the real father of an African-American daughter.

Tickets are available from the Box Office, Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol BS1 5TX, Telephone 0117 927 5100 priced £6.50 and concessions £4.50.

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