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December 15, 2020

Support 3CT This Year-End

collage of 3CT event graphics from Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 with 3CT logo in the middle

Dear 3CT community,

We wish you all a well-deserved rest as we approach the end of an especially challenging year. Here at 3CT, we have taken the opportunities presented by the last several months to explore new horizons and ambitions. We are writing to share with you some recent highlights and to ask for your support to ensure the continued success and impact of our programming.

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Through these and our other ongoing initiatives, 3CT fosters an interdisciplinary space for the critical discussion and reimagination of social, political, and cultural processes in the world today.

  • We presented lively online events on a number of urgent issues facing the world today: Joan Donovan on online misinformation, Stuart Schrader on the militarization of American policing, and a series of 2020 Election teach-ins (the third of which will take place on January 15). Our new website features an archive of videos from these events and others. We also co-sponsored the Pozen Center’s 2020 Kirschner Lecture with Tom Ginsburg and 3CT co-director Lisa Wedeen.
  • Undergraduates have continued to meet at an online Future Café, while 3CT co-director Kaushik Sunder Rajan taught the center’s third capstone course for students of the College.
  • In February, we will host our first virtual graduate student-organized conference, selected from an open call for proposals.
  • We are also organizing a series of international Global Populisms conferences, the first of which will take place in Paris in June 2021.
  • Neil Brenner will join 3CT co-director Shannon Lee Dawdy to discuss his recent book, New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question, in a New Book Salon on January 28.

All of this takes place against the backdrop of a 25% cut to our program budget and continued uncertainty about what the future holds, here in higher education and beyond. In a time when our work is as necessary as ever, we hope that you will support it with a year-end donation to 3CT.

In gratitude,

Shannon Lee Dawdy, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, and Lisa Wedeen
Co-directors, Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory