3CT Classes

This year our programming reflected a conscious deepening of 3CT's commitment to pedagogy.  In addition to preparing for a highly sought after Critical Theory Core Sequence, 3CT fellows designed and co-taught a heavily-subscribed class entitled Trump 101.


Trump 101

In spring 2017, William Mazzarella and Kaushik Sunder-Rajan co-convened a major undergraduate teaching initiative under the 3CT banner: the college course Trump 101. Combining a weekly series of stand-alone lectures with the continuity of discussion sections led by graduate students, the course mobilized the pedagogical inputs of several members of 3CT (including Lauren Berlant, Moishe Postone, Lisa Wedeen and Joe Masco) and put them into conversation with colleagues from elsewhere on campus. As a foreshadowing of the kinds of teaching initiatives that 3CT is planning to launch in the form of a Civ sequence, the course embodied signature 3CT values: critical interdisciplinary in the service of theorizing the present.


Class Schedule

(Co-Convenors): William Mazzarella + Kaushik Sunder Rajan

(Teaching assistants): Molly Cunningham, Matt Furlong, Shefali Jha, + Matt Knisley


March 28 -


April 4 – Julie Chu:

Drumpf, Beta Version: The Immigrant as American Prototype

April 11 – Lauren Berlant:

Trump, Comedy, Inequality

April 18 –Aaron Schuster

Images of Power/Power of Images: Jean Genet’s The Balconyas a Theory of Trump

April 25 - Joseph Masco:

Climate of Denial

May 2 - Susan Gal

Comparative Trump: The US as Mafia State

May 9 – Michael Silverstein:

Trump L’Oeil and the Art of the @Real

May 16 – Lisa Wedeen:

Fake News, Post-Truth, and the Problem of Judgment

May 23 – Moishe Postone:

Trump and the Slow Death of Post-War Capitalism

May 30 – Adam Green

Racecraft, Inequality, and Political Reaction: An American Primer

Experimental Grad Seminar on Conspiracy/Theory

In 2016-17, the Conspiracy/Theory Project included a fall 2016 graduate seminar developed by Joe Masco (3CT) and with Joseph Dumit at University of California-Davis.  The class explored the development of conspiracy as a term, the practices of critical theory and paranoid reading styles, and addressed shifts in the mass mediation of politics across finance, energy, war, and the environment.  Classes were taught simultaneously in Wilder House at the University of Chicago and University of California-Davis, with the classes interacting virtually both online and in the classroom.