Williams College Presents a Book Talk on the Truth about Crime

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 28, 2018—Renowned anthropologists and Harvard scholars Jean and John Comaroff will speak at Williams College about their latest book, The Truth about Crime: Sovereignty, Knowledge, Social Order. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., in Griffin Hall, room 3. A book signing will follow the talk.

In the book, the authors make a startling claim about our modern era: it is not by our arts, politics, or science that we understand ourselves, but rather by our crimes. The result is a disturbing portrait of contemporary life, one that asks critical new questions about how we see ourselves, how we think about morality, and how we are going to proceed as a global society.

Jean Comaroff is the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology and an Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies at Harvard University. John L. Comaroff is the Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology and an Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies at Harvard University. He is also an affiliated research professor at the American Bar Foundation.

This talk is part of the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies yearlong series on Race and Democracy. It is co-sponsored by the Departments of Africana Studies and Anthropology & Sociology.

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