October 11, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Liu Institute for Global Issues – Caseroom
Light refreshments provided.

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In 2001, Robert Jensen published the book Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream, offering a model of radical writing for mass media that can engage rather than alienate. Since then, political alienation has spiked and engagement seems more difficult, while mass media struggle to compete with social media. In this lecture, Jensen will distinguish between radical and reactionary, and argue for a continued commitment to reasoned argumentation in civic life.

Bio: Robert Jensen is professor emeritus in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin. He is the author of The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men (Spinifex Press, 2017). Jensen’s other books include Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, 2015); Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013); All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, (Soft Skull Press, 2009); Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002).

Jensen is also co-producer of the documentary film “Abe Osheroff: One Foot in the Grave, the Other Still Dancing” (Media Education Foundation, 2009), which chronicles the life and philosophy of the longtime radical activist.

Jensen can be reached at rjensen@austin.utexas.edu and his articles can be found here.

Co-hosted by: School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Graduate School of Journalism.

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