THE END OF PROTEST will be published on March 15, 2016
THE END OF PROTEST IS A NEW BEGINNING—The paradigms of contemporary protest are undergoing a period of crisis. The global forces that impact our collective future—capitalism's collapse, pandemic disease, catastrophic climate change, and the existential crisis of ultramodernity—stand outside the reach of traditional forms of protest that were developed to sway liberal democracies. The influence of money on democracy exacerbates the crisis at the heart of activism by rendering it increasingly difficult for the people to push their elected representatives toward an inclusive and peaceful society. And yet, there is reason for optimism: the end of protest is a new beginning. On the horizon are increasingly complex and sophisticated social memes that will emerge in a bid to breakthrough the political stasis and reorganize the existing social order.
The International Studies Program's Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series was endowed by the Tinker Foundation in honor of Dr. Grayson Kirk, Miami University class of 1924.
After graduating, Dr. Kirk went on to become one of the pioneers in developing international relations as a field of political science and served as president of Columbia University for many years. This lecture series brings in public figures and recognized scholars to address international issues.
Past Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecturers include Pico Iyer, Nicholas Kristof, and Raj Patel.