The UC Davis Critical Studies, CATS and CSIS is please to welcome Samuel Weber to Davis on 4 May 2012. Samuel Weber is the Paul de Man Chair at the European Graduate School (EGS), the Avalon Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University, and one of the leading American thinkers across the disciplines of literary theory, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. Professor Weber studied with Paul de Man and Theodor W. Adorno, whose book, Prisms, he co-translated into English. Professor Weber has also published books on Balzac, Lacan, and Freud as well as on the relation of institutions and media to interpretation. In the 1980s he worked in Germany as a “dramaturge” in theater and opera productions. Out of the confrontation of that experience with his work in critical theory came the book, Theatricality as Medium, published in 2004 by Fordham University Press. In 2005 he published Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking, also at Fordham. His most recent book is Benjamin's -abilities, published by Harvard UP. His current research projects include "Toward a Politics of Singularity" and "The Uncanny".
On the 4th he will speak on the Frances Ford Coppola’s 1974 film The Conversation, and address Surveillance, Narrative and Meaning.