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Public Lecture by Henry A. Giroux at McMaster University

January 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Henry A. Giroux
“Youth and the Politics of Disposability in Dark Times”
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
7:00 p.m.
University Club, McMaster University
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Lecture: With the rise of market fundamentalism and the ensuing economic and financial meltdown, youth are facing a crisis unlike that of any other generation.  Young people, especially low income and poor minority youth, are no longer seen as a social investment but are increasingly interpreted as a social problem and burden – a verdict that, in some cases, has also worked to advance a logic of disposability in approaches to care, health, and education. Caught between the discourses of consumerism and a powerful crime-control-complex, young people are either viewed as commodities or find themselves subject to the dictates of an ever-expanding criminal justice system.  In this talk, Henry A. Giroux explores the current conditions of young people and their everyday experiences within an emerging form of governmentality organized around a complex of criminalization, a neoliberal politics of disposability, and various sets of market-driven forces, including that of privatization and commodification.  The talk will also raise important questions regarding the role that educators, in particular, might play in challenging the plight of young people while deepening and extending the promise of an aspiring democracy.

Henry A. Giroux holds the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada.  He has authored more than 40 books and 300 articles in the areas of youth, media, and cultural studies.  His most recent books include: Education and the Crisis of Public Values (Peter Lang, 2012); Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Publics in the Age of Disposability (Paradigm, 2012); and Disposable Youth, Racialized Memories, and the Culture of Cruelty (Routledge, 2012). His newest book, Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future, is set to be released by Paradigm in 2013.

This event is presented by the McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest.


January 16, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8 Canada


McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest