Litquake: Language & Politics: The Discourse of Power

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012

Faculty from Stanford and UC Berkeley examine how language affects politics and vice versa.What are the conditions that make political language possible, and what are the conditions that render language political? From a racially-inflected "rhetoric of contempt" to shades of totalitarian references in contemporary political discourse, the participating faculty members of both universities will engage in a wide-ranging and spirited discussion at the Book Club of California.

Panel Discussants: Brandi Wilkins Catanese (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and African American Studies, UC Berkeley), Paula Moya (English, Stanford), and Vaughn Raspberry (English, Stanford University). 

Co-presented by the Stanford Humanities Center and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.