Avital Ronell

The Test Drive

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New York University professor Avital Ronell will explore our contemporary cultural obsession with testing. We increasingly use tests to determine what is true, in fields ranging from science to athletics to law and education. What is the origin of this incessant drive to test?

This talk is presented in conjunction with Xavier Le Roy’s performance Product of Circumstances.

Emily Zimmerman

Avital Ronell is a professor of humanities and of German, English, and comparative literature at New York University, where she co-directs the Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies program. She is also the Jacques Derrida Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. She is the author of Dictations: On Haunted WritingThe Telephone BookCrack WarsFinitude's ScoreStupidityThe Test Drive; and Fighting Theory.

Avital Ronell
May 7, 2014, 7PM
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EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA