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Judith Butler delivered the ninth annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture at Hampshire College on October 24: "Universality and its Paradoxes: Hidden Histories of Post-Zionism."
A leading theorist of power, gender and identity, Dr. Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University.
She is the author of Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning, a collection of writings on war's impact on language and thought. Among her numerous other books are Giving an Account of Oneself (2005); Undoing Gender (2004); Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000); The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (1997); and Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990).
She is currently working on essays pertaining to Jewish philosophy, focusing on pre-Zionist criticisms of state violence. She continues to write on cultural and literary theory, philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminism, and sexual politics.
Butler is on the advisory council of the Jewish Voice for Peace, the board of directors of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine and the executive committee of the U.S. chapter of Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.
The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship and activism of long-time Hampshire College professor, the late Eqbal Ahmad. Professor Ahmad's faculty colleagues, former students, family and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work.