1/29 – Benjamin R. Barber on “If Mayors Ruled the World”

If Mayors Ruled the World

…the key point in my argument is not simply that cities can and should govern globally, but that in many informal ways and in terms of “soft governance,” they already are! ~Benjamin R. Barber

Conversation with

Benjamin R. Barber, Senior Research Scholar

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Kathleen D. McCarthy, Director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (The Graduate Center, CUNY), invites you to hear distinguished political theorist Benjamin R. Barber argue for the greater role of cities and intercity cooperation in a world that he contends is no longer effectively governed by traditional sovereign nation-states. Sociologist and political scientist Frances Fox Piven will serve as discussant.

Dr. Barber’s position as presented in his forthcoming book for Yale University Press, If Mayors Ruled the World, has already evoked widespread comment from scholars, pundits and mayors around the world. The afternoon event will include a critical response by members of the CUNY faculty and an opportunity for audience participation.


Benjamin R. Barber, a widely published author in the field of civil society, is founder and director of CivWorld, a project that oversees and supports a network of citizens without borders aimed at nurturing global civil society and constructive global solutions to poverty, injustice, war and climate change. Author of numerous published writings, Dr. Barber’s most recent title is the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld. This event is Dr. Barber’s inaugural lecture at the Graduate Center and marks his appointment as Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Frances Fox Piven is a distinguished professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center. Her most recent book —  Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? — is a concise, accessible introduction to her thinking, from her early work on welfare rights and “poor people’s movements,” written with Richard Cloward, through her influential examination of American voting habits, and her most recent work on the possibilities for a new movement for progressive reform.

Kathleen D. McCarthy is the founding director of the CUNY Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, where she developed the Center’s signature International Fellows Program for Third-Sector scholar-practitioners. On the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in History at The Graduate Center, Professor McCarthy‘s scholarship and courses cover a range of topics, including: the rise of American civil society, writing history, 19th-century U.S. women’s history and, most recently, gender, power and money. Her books, edited volumes, and articles explore philanthropy and civil society in local, national, and international contexts, and she lectures on these topics worldwide.

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is a research center based at The Graduate Center, City University of New York

When –Tuesday January 29, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST

Where – The Graduate Center Elebash Recital Hall

To register, go here – http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=985r6efab&oeidk=a07e6u3q6gca621c80a&oseq=a021lyh7c8ozjy


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