Fall 2017—Spring 2018 | Marx@200

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In 2017-18 the CMRG supported a year-long cycle of events celebrating Karl Marx’s bicentennial. Throughout the year the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University and Professor Kathy M. Newman, with support from Dietrich College, organized lectures, panel discussions, performances, a movie premiere (The Young Karl Marx), and an art exhibit.

The year of events explored Marx’s ideas and impact, especially his critiques of inequality and capitalism, as well as his influence on political movements and political regimes, including totalitarianism.

Guest Speakers and Events included:

  • Kathi Weeks, Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Duke University

  • Jonathan Sperber, Professor of History, University of Missouri

  • Mary Gabriel, Author of Love and Capital (2012)

  • Sabine Hake, Professor and Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture, University of Texas at Austin

  • Dread Scott, “Imagine A World Without America” —Artist Talk

  • Holly Lewis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Texas State University

  • Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • Claire Fontaine, “Untitled” —Artist Talk

In addition, the Marx@200 Art Exhibit at SPACE Gallery featured more than 25 works by artists from around the world. The artworks represented a diverse range of perspectives on Marx and his critique of inequality and capitalism, as well as his influence on political movements and regimes.

Links to the artists in the exhibition can be found here.