One of the new features of the Fall semester at the University of Ottawa is what is called the Fall 'study week,' a week off from October 24th to October 30th (those are the official dates; you'll see that they don't exactly line up with weekdays). We (my wife and I) originally planned the trip to visit family and friends out in California, but I've also arranged to give a talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, on "Benjamin, Sorel, and the Critique of Violence." It will be an early draft of a paper that I will be giving a few weeks later at the RPA conference on violence in Eugene; some of my thoughts on the lesser known Sorel are already posted here.
For those who know me, I did my last two years of undergraduate work at CSUS. I suppose that makes it a homecoming of sorts. It's also the first time I will have given a paper in the Central Valley, which means some of my old friends who are academically inclined and interested in what I have been researching, and who still live in the area, will have a chance to see some of that research in progress.
When I have a time and room number, I will post them. Here's the information thus far:
"Benjamin, Sorel, and the Critique of Violence"
Devin Zane Shaw
October 29, 2010, California State University Stanislaus