Wolfenstein Memorial Lecture


The Limits of Black Liberalism and
the 2016 Presidential Election

presented by

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies,
Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Princeton University 

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 4:00 pm

California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

Reception to follow

UCLA Campus

Lecture Abstract:

In Democracy in Black, I argue that the pitfalls of black liberalism have come into full view during the Obama years.

This talk will explore that claim in light of the current presidential election. To upend matters, I commend an amended

version of what I call in the book, the Blank-Out campaign. 

About the event:
Established by the friends and family of E. Victor Wolfenstein following his death in 2010, the Wolfenstein Memorial Lecture brings a leading scholar to UCLA each year to speak on a subject in one of Victor's many fields of research, which included African- American thought and politics, Ancient Greek political theory, psychoanalysis and Marxism among others. The lecture creates an opportunity for faculty, students, and the broader community to come together to consider the fundamental questions of justice, race, history, and their representation in theory, music and literature that animated Victor's work. The lecture also serves as a venue to recognize undergradu- ates who have excelled in the Political Science 10: Introduction to Political Theory, a staple of Victor's teaching. In addition to being named as Wolfenstein Fellows, these students have the opportunity to meet with the lecturer at a private dinner.

E. Victor Wolfenstein was Professor of Political Science at UCLA from 1965 to 2010. During that time, Victor taught political theory, critical thinking, and radical ideas to generations of UCLA undergraduates. With his unique teaching style that at times included his guitar, Victor won a strong student following and numerous university teaching awards. He was also a renowned scholar and author of seven books and many shorter works, most importantly The Victims of Democracy, Inside/Outside Nietzsche, A Gift of the Spirit and Talking Books.