Dr. Ronald “R.A.” Judy, professor in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the 2020 Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture in European Studies, entitled “On the Question of Beloved Community: Revisiting W. E. B. Du Bois’ Critique of the Teutonic Strongman.”
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Judy is a professor of critical and cultural studies in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches courses in world literature, critical and literary theory, and literary criticism. He is a member of the Editorial Collective of boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture, published by Duke University Press. Dr. Judy is the author of (Dis)forming the American Canon: The Vernacular of African Arabic American Slave Narrative (1992), and has edited numerous special issues and dossiers for boundary 2, among which are: Tunisia Dossier (2012), Ralph Ellison: The Next Fifty Years (2003); Sociology Hesitant: W. E. B. Du Bois’s Dynamic Thinking (2001), Reasoning and the Logic of Things Global, (1999), and Scattered Speculations on Value: Exchange Between Etienne Balibar, Antonio Negri, and Gayatri Spivak (1999). Each of these issues has elaborated the work of critical theory and literary criticism across fields as diverse as Black studies, global English studies, modern Arabic literary studies, and comparative literature. Professor Judy has also published numerous essays in the areas of philosophy, contemporary Islamic philosophy, literary/cultural theory, music, and Arabic and American literatures.