Distinguished Visitor James Perkinson, professor in social ethics and theology, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, MI
The not-so-funny-prophecy the fool-of-the-hour foreshadows now is a level of emergency humanity has never before faced. We are using things up and converting them into garbage far faster than the earth can absorb, swallow, compost, incubate, and re-birth as life and viability. In the face of such, it will not do to “disappear,” ever more frenzied with fascination, into our socially-mediated techno-denials. The planet is rapidly careening into a resolute necessity to eliminate us as a species. In addressing such, I will speak from the desperation of post-bankruptcy Detroit, poster-child of de-industrialization, love-child in media glitz of ruin-porn and gentrifiers, but also DYI-delirious in Afro-led resilience and irrepressible street savvy, making beauty out of rust. No simple answers offered here, but rather a return to fierce ancestry and ribald embodiment.
Tea at 4:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program