January 2012 Scholar-in-Residence Announced

The Ph.D. program is pleased to announce George Schulman as our Scholar-in-Residence and Keynote Speaker for the January 2012 residency. Dr. Schulman, professor at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University will speak at Conference Day on Wednesday, January 4.

Below you may find information on George Schulman and the abstract for his keynote lecture.


George Shulman’s interests lie in the fields of political thought and American studies. He teaches and writes on political thought in Europe and the United States, as well as on Greek and Hebrew—tragic and biblical—traditions. His teaching and writing emphasize the role of narrative in culture and politics. He is the author of Radicalism and Reverence: Gerrard Winstanley and the English Revolution and American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture (2008). His most recent book, American Prophecy, was awarded the David Easton Prize in political theory. Focusing on the language that great American critics have used to engage the racial domination at the center of American history, American Prophecy explores the relationship of prophecy and race to American nationalism and democratic politics. Professor Shulman is a recipient of the 2003 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award.
Keynote title: “Vernacular Theology: Race, Prophecy and Ideas of Redemption in American Politics”


The goal of this lecture is to analyze the underlying grammar and  vernacular idioms of political speech in the United States, by focusing especially on the ways that critics have formulated their opposition to white supremacy and racial inequality. The central claim is that “prophetic” language is a vernacular theology in the wider culture and the crucial language of opposition to racial domination. The abiding question, however, is whether an idiom of prophecy and redemption remains a resource for democratic projects in this neo-liberal moment.

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