An Aesthetic of Indifference: Poems/Photos/Graphs

February 01, 2016

Walter Benn Michaels, professor of American literature and literature theory at University of Illinois at Chicago, is a famously acerbic critic of American politics and culture, and his critique of multiculturalism has been influential and hotly contested.

Developing a problematic at work in figures like poet Stéphane Mallarmé and photographer Robert Frank, this talk seeks to extend some of the arguments about the political economy of form developed in Michaels’s recent book, The Beauty of a Social Problem.

Date and Time: Feb. 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Heyman Center, 2nd Floor Common Room, 74 Morningside Dr., New York, NY 10027

Free and open to the public. Pre-register at

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This event is sponsored by the Center for American Studies and the Columbia University Heyman Center for the Humanities.