Loyalty & Betrayal, The 39th Social Research Conference | Keynote Event: Andrew McCabe
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The Center for Public Scholarship presents the 39th Social Research Conference, Loyalty & Betrayal: Their Role in Political Life.
**Please pre-register for this conference, which is part of The New School’s weeklong “Festival of New” centennial celebration. All conference pre-registrations will be added to the Festival’s RSVP system when it launches by mid-September.**
Loyalty to and betrayal of political leaders, political parties, and the state are worldwide phenomena. Their role in our twentieth-century history and in the present is all too evident and can be seen most vividly in the repeated imposition of loyalty oaths, first during World War I, and later during the McCarthy period. It can be seen today in the frequent demands made by President Trump on those around him to remain loyal to him even at the expense of protecting our laws and democratic values. It is also vividly clear in Russia today by the price put on disloyalty to Putin.
Join us as experts from a range of disciplines reflect upon the complicated nature of loyalty, especially by those moments in history when loyalty to an idea or group has resulted in atrocities.
This conference is partially supported by The New School Provost.
This conference is part of the centennial celebration of The New School which was founded by a group of professors who left Columbia University in protest over the imposition of loyalty oaths during World War I.
For a full conference description, please visit the Center for Public Scholarship’s Conference website.
Day 1: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Session I. Philosophical Understandings of Loyalty & Betrayal
- George Kateb, The Oddity of Patriotism, William Nelson Cromwell Professor Emeritus of Politics, Princeton University
- Marci Shore, There Is No Such Thing as Innocence, Associate Professor of History, Yale University
- Avishai Margalit, The Arab-Israeli Conflict and Loyalty, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Moderator: Oz Frankel, Associate Professor of History, The New School for Social Research
- Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI
- Interlocutor: TBA
Day 2: Friday, October 4, 2019
Session II. Case Studies: United States
10:30 AM-1:00 PM
- Eric L. Muller, The War Relocation Authority and the Wounding of Japanese American Loyalty, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in Jurisprudence and Ethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Ellen Schrecker, “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…?”: Loyalty and Security in the Age of McCarthyism and Beyond, Professor of History (retired), Yeshiva University
- Robert Kuttner, On Loyalty in the Era of Trump, Co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect; Meyer and Ida Kirstein Visiting Professor in Social Planning and Administration, Brandeis University
- Moderator: James E. Miller, Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics; Faculty Director of Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism, The New School for Social Research
Session III. Case Studies: International
- Masha Gessen, On loyalty in Russia, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
- Jan-Werner Müller, Un-European Activities, Professor of Politics, Princeton University
- Andrew Nathan, On Loyalty in China, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
- Moderator: Jessica Pisano, Associate Professor and Chair of Politics, The New School for Social Research
Andrew G. McCabe served as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February 2016 to January 2018. With less than two days before his scheduled retirement in March 2018, McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in what many view as a politically motivated act, following his opening of counterintelligence and obstruction of justice investigations into President Trump. He began his career at the FBI in 1996, working first as a street agent on the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, and eventually as its supervisor. Later, he led the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, the National Security Branch, and the Washington Field Office, and was the first director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, which developed new methods for lawfully and effectively questioning suspected terrorists. McCabe is the author of the bestseller The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump (2019).
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