2019 Somers Lecture on April 3rd at 4:30 PM

Posted On March 5, 2019
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This year’s Somers Lecture will be given by Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley College), author of the critically acclaimed book, Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (Harvard UP, 2018).

The title of his talk is THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF NEOLIBERAL GLOBALISM.

Date: April 3

Time: 4:30 pm

Place: Room 223, 25 Park Place.

This talk ought to have universal appeal within the Department, touching as it does on important issues in European, US, and world history.

For ages 18-88.

Quinn Slobodian follows a group of thinkers from the ashes of the Habsburg Empire to the creation of the World Trade Organization to show that neoliberalism emerged less to shrink government and abolish regulations than to redeploy them at a global level. Self-described neoliberal intellectuals did not propose a regime of laissez-faire. Rather they imagined how states and global institutions—the League of Nations, the European Court of Justice, the WTO, and international investment law—could lock in certain freedoms and not others and insulate the markets against turbulent democratic demands for greater equality and social justice.