Prominent Faces of Two Wings of Anarchism Engage in Rare Dialogue

Trinity Hosts ‘Two Visions of Anarchy’ Symposium

Hartford, Connecticut, November 11, 2016 –

WHAT:     A symposium titled “Two Visions of Anarchy” offers students the chance to hear from prominent proponents of the two wings of anarchism: James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science (left-wing anarchism), and David D. Friedman, professor of law at Santa Clara Law School (libertarianism). Scott’s lecture, “Mutuality without Hierarchy,” and Friedman’s lecture, “Coordination by Markets,” will be moderated by respondent Robert C. Ellickson, professorial lecturer in law at Yale Law School. This event is sponsored by the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment and the Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture. Funding for this symposium was provided also by the John Templeton Foundation, through a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

    Monday, November 14, 2016, 4:00–6:00 p.m. 

WHERE:      McCook Auditorium. Reception follows in the Academic Club (Hamlin Hall).   

Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106

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James C. Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and professor of anthropology and director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Scott’s research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations, and anarchism. Some of his recent publications include Two Cheers for Anarchism, The Art of Not Being Governed, and Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed.

David D. Friedman is professor of law at the Santa Clara Law School and is a widely published scholar with more than three decades of experience in academia, having taught extensively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His area of expertise ranges from business to economics to law. He is the author of The Machinery to Freedom: Guide to Radical Capitalism and other books focusing on price theory, economic analysis of law, implications of future technology, and libertarian economics and philosophy, as well as two novels. For more information, visit his website.

Robert C. Ellickson has been Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law at Yale Law School since 1988. His major research interests are in property, land use, housing, urban history, and social norms. Ellickson’s books include The Household: Informal Order Around the Hearth, Order Without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes – which was awarded the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award in 1996 – Land Use Controls: Cases and Materials, and Perspectives on Property Law. He was a founding member and later a director of the American Law and Economics Association, and served as its president from 2000 to 2001. Prior to entering teaching in 1970, he worked for a presidential commission on housing policy and then for Levitt & Sons, the homebuilding firm. For several decades he has competed in Scrabble tournaments and been ranked as one of the top 20 players in the United States.