Posted on Roundtable Discussion,”Fear Itself: The Social Production of Fright and Its Impact”
Distinguished historian, IRA KATZNELSON, joins a roundtable panel at the Serious Times Lecture Series in December to discuss the historical reality of fear, its origins and social impact with psychoanalyst, Jay Frankel; political scientist, Antonio Y. Vazquez-Arroyo; sociologist, Jeremy Cohan; social philosopher, Devi Dumbadze; and department chair, Robert Hullot-Kentor. The discussion will focus on Ira Katznelson’s recent Fear Itself (2013).
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Enlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth is radian with triumphant calamity.” -T. W. Adorno
Ira Katznelson is currently the Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. Katznelson is an Americanist whose work has straddled comparative politics and political theory as well as political and social history.
Publications: Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time; Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns (with Andreas Kalyvas); and When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. Earlier books include Black Men, White Cities: Race, Politics and Migration in the United States, 1900-1930, and Britain, 1948-1968; City Trenches: Urban Politics and the Patterning of Class in the United States; Schooling for All: Class, Race, and the Decline of the Democratic Ideal (with Margaret Weir); Marxism and the City; Liberalism’s Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam Michnik; and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust.