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Jacques Rancière will deliver the Eugene J. Sheffer Distingished Lecture, followed by a roundtable discussion with Phil Watts (French, Columbia), Patricia Dailey (English, Columbia), and James Swenson (French, Rutgers).
Professor Rancière will discuss his new work Aisthesis (2011). In Aisthesis, Rancière examines some 15 moments over the last 200 years, from James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and an evening Mallarmé spends at the Folies-Bergère to Dziga Vertov's newsreels, all of which put into question what art is and what art can do. With this book, Professor Rancière continues to refine his concept of the "aesthetic regime" and to challenge the frontiers between art and everyday experience.