Making Sense of Violent Resistance

John Drabinski • September 20, 2016

I’m teaching a course this semester entitled Black Power, Black Panther. The course is pretty much what it sounds like: a course on the Black Power and Black Panther movements. There are plenty of similarities between the movements, and of course plenty of very intensely contested differences. More about those in another post.

We started with two essays outside that frame for the course: Achille Mbembe’s “Necropolitics” and Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence.” From each, I wanted a few basic insights:


Some Off-Campus Events and Invitations

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A number of events around the Diocese of Springfield, MA:

The Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT offers special events and a full roster of spiritual resources. Visit

Benjamin Justice, "Education and the American Empire: Rethinking Schooling as 'Cultural Imperialism'," March 14, 2007

Benjamin Justice, professor of education at Rutgers University, gave a lecture entitled "Education and the American Empire: Rethinking Schooling as 'Cultural Imperialism'" on Wednesday, March 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. This event was sponsored by the President's Initiative Fund on Education and Social Justice, the History Department and the Black Studies Department.

Harlan Fiske Stone (Class of 1894) Discussed on NPR

Submitted by Samuel A. Masinter
In a story on a new PBS documentary series, The Supreme Court, NPR interviewed The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America author Jeffrey Rosen. Rosen talked at length about former Attorney General and Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone '94 during the interview.