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Author François Cusset lectures on radicalism and "identity politics"on American college campuses, April 21

WHO:              François Cusset , professor of communication studies and reception theory at the Institut d'Etudes des Relations Internationales (ILERI) in Paris.

WHAT:            "What is Radicalism? From French Theory to Textual Politics."

WHEN:            Wednesday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:          Eliot Hall Chapel (third floor, Eliot Hall), Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard.

COST:              Admission is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Reed College division of literatures and languages and the French and Russian departments.

CONTACT:    For more information, the public is asked to visit the Reed events website or call the public events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Cusset's lecture is an attempt at understanding the historical, sociological, and political coordinates of a major intellectual metamorphosis. He examines how a series of poststructuralist works deeply rooted in France's political context of the early 1970s gradually gave birth to a largely textual American phenomenon named 'identity politics' bursting throughout a few elite campuses in the 1980s. He'll explore how the social poetics of 1960s America and its various forms of real-life radicality, from the Beats and the Reds to the student movement's existential rebellion, found a more academic analog in the Reagan-era university system.

A former director of the New York-based French Publishers' Agency (France Edition Inc.), François Cusset is the author of Queer Critics and of the critically acclaimed FrenchTheory: Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze & Cie et les Mutations de la vie Intellectuelle aux Etats-Unis .