The power of resistance shapes nations and reveals extraordinary leaders. On Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m., in TU’s Tyrrell Hall, Karuna Mantena, a political philosopher and associate professor of political science at Yale University compares two of the 20th century’s greatest political dissenters in her lecture “The Practice of Resistance: Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr.” Mantena is writing an intellectual biography of Gandhi, which examines how his mind worked in the context of his time.
TU Political Science Professor Michael Mosher explained, “There are moments when you have to support and moments when you have to oppose.” Those are the moments when history is molded, but “what makes this country great is a spirit of inquiry,” Mosher said.
Mantena is no stranger to asking vital questions. Her first book, Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism, studies the origins and afterlife of imperial ideology. Since 2011, she has served as the co-director of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought. She also chairs the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Oklahoma Center for the Humanities.