Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square
Nov 16, 2022
At 3:30 pm the same day, join us for another event with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Justice Near and Far: A Roundtable on Organizing for Local and Global Climate Justice
“I was waiting for this book without realizing I was waiting for this book.” — Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Join the philosopher Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò for a discussion of his new book Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else). His work explores the process by which a radical concept can be stripped of its political substance and liberatory potential by becoming the victim of elite capture—deployed by political, social, and economic elites in the service of their own interests. For this discussion, Dr. Táíwò will be joined by Samia Hesni, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Boston University.
Following the discussion, there will be an audience Q&A, and for in-person attendees, the program will conclude with an author signing facilitated by an independent community bookstore.
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else) and Reconsidering Reparations. His work exploring the intersections of climate justice and colonialism has been featured in The New Yorker, The Nation, Boston Review, Dissent, The Appeal, Slate, Al Jazeera, The New Republic, Aeon, and Foreign Policy.
Samia Hesni is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Boston University. Their research is about language and oppression: examining how certain kinds of language introduce and reinforce stereotypes, and how people use implicit speech to challenge power dynamics.