The Election Aftermath

A series of post-election discussions at Critical Theory and the Arts

Frances Fox Piven, the day after the election.
Gary Gerstle, the last days of the Fall semester.

On November 9th, the day after what can only be described as an earth-shattering Presidential Election, the distinguished sociologist and activist, Frances Fox Piven met with students at Critical Theory and the Arts to calmly discuss the election results and what happens next.

Those who study political realities already know, Professor Fox Piven has been among the most incisive, humane and engaged voices on the left for decades in the struggle for voter rights, welfare rights, working people’s rights, and social reform. Her seminal work “Poor People’s Movements” (1978), written with Richard Cloward, remains an important research guide to the question of how and why poor people’s movements have characteristically failed and what can be done about it.

Our next post-election guest at Critical Theory and the Arts will be historian, Gary Gerstle (Paul Mellon Professor of American History, University of Cambridge). Professor Gerstle will meet with the students for a further examination of the election aftermath. Needless to say, we will all be discussing the results of this election for years to come.