Slouching Towards Election Day

61 Local
61 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Join us for a live audience recording of the Podcast for Social Research!

Jude Webre, Samantha Hill, and Ajay Chaudhary discuss the forms and feelings of electoral politics in light of the least popular election in recent American history. What’s the historical background for the shape and weight of this presidential election? And why does it feel so apocalyptic? What’s the relationship between perception and reality in the American political scene? Panelists will confront these questions and more as we slouch towards election day together. The recording will take place at 61 Local on October 19th at 7pm, to be followed by a Q&A session and a live screening of the last presidential debate. Suggested donation $8.

Jude, Samantha, and Ajay will be reacting to these articles as the foundation of their conversation: “American Elections: A Dialogue on the Left” (Nancy Fraser and Andrew Arato) and “How a Trump Presidency Would Unleash a Torrent of Racist Violence–and Devastate the Left” (Arun Gupta).


  • Ajay Singh Chaudhary

    Ajay Singh Chaudhary is the executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and a core faculty member specializing in social and political theory. His research focuses on social and political theory, Frankfurt School critical theory, political economy, media, religion, and post-colonial studies. He has written for the The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, Quartz, Social Text, Dialectical Anthropology, The Jewish Daily Forward, Filmmaker Magazine, and 3quarksdaily, among other venues. Ajay is currently writing a book on the politics of climate change.

  • Samantha Hill

    Samantha Rose Hill received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. She is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and The Humanities at Bard College. Her research and teaching interests include critical theory, the Frankfurt School, aesthetic theory, poetic thinking, and German literature.

  • Rebecca Ariel Porte

    Rebecca Ariel Porte holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research, which centers on nineteenth- and twentieth-century movements in British and American poetry, concentrates on crossings between early analytic philosophy and modern theories of poetics and aesthetics. Reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and io9, among other publications.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, 7-11pm
October 19, 2016

This event is free to the public with an $8 suggested donation.


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