Nick Thorkelson's "Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia"



Please join us for a presentation and discussion of
HERBERT MARCUSE, PHILOSOPHER OF UTOPIA: A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY

with author & illustrator, Nick Thorkelson
& editor, Andrew T. Lamas!

 
The life, times, and work of Herbert Marcuse, one of the 20th century's most remarkable cultural figures.

"Nick Thorkelson's exploration of the ideas and personality of Herbert Marcuse is exactly the sort of comic book I have longed to read. It is engaging, artful, and explores the world of revolutionary ideas. Books like this keep the fire going inside."––Joe Sacco, author of Footnotes in Gaza

"I believe that Marcuse's ideas can be as valuable today as they were fifty years ago."––Angela Y. Davis, from the foreword

Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) was a little-known German scholar when he became one of the 20th century's most unlikely pop stars: a celebrity philosopher. In the 1960s, his argument for a "principled utopianism" catalyzed the ideals of a rebellious generation, and Marcuse became an intellectual guide for activists and revolutionaries around the world. The legacy of his contribution to a radical shift of consciousness has resonated in social-change movements ever since.

This comics-format biography brings Marcuse's life, work, and times to a new generation. From his youth in Weimar Germany and early studies with Martin Heidegger, to his flight from Nazi Germany with Frankfurt School colleagues, to his rise as one of its major theorists along with Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, to his status as a countercultural icon, readers are introduced to the development of Marcuse's philosophical theories and the political realities that shaped his work.

Mentor to a young Angela Davis and often referred to as the unofficial faculty advisor to the New Left, Marcuse's controversial critique of the "comfortable unfreedoms" of post-WWII capitalism entered popular consciousness with the 1964 publication of One-Dimensional Man, which sold over 100,000 copies in its first years in print. His advocacy for a more humane, sustainable world was grounded in personal authoritarianism's violence, and the risk of its resurgence. Perennially relevant, radical, and inspiring, Marcuse's concept of a "Great Refusal"—the protest against that which is—is a guide for our times.

NICK THORKELSON is a cartoonist living in Boston. He has done cartoons on local politics for The Boston Globe and in support of organizations working on economic justice, peace, and public health. He is the co-author and/or illustrator of The Earth Belongs to the PeopleThe Underhanded History of the USAThe Legal Rights of Union StewardsThe Comic Strip of Neoliberalism, and Economic Meltdown Funnies, and has contributed to a number of nonfiction comics anthologies. He is working on a graphic novel about the end of the Sixties, A Better World Is Possible. Nick also moonlights as a musician, animator, graphic designer, and painter.



ANDREW T. LAMAS teaches urban studies and critical theory at the University of Pennsylvania, is co-editor of The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements (Temple University Press, 2017), and serves on the boards of the International Herbert Marcuse Society, the Radical Philosophy Review, and the Bread and Roses Community Fund.

 
Event date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography Cover Image
By Nick Thorkelson (Illustrator), Paul Buhle (Editor), Andrew Lamas (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872867857
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Published: City Lights Books - April 2nd, 2019

The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements Cover Image
By Andrew Lamas (Editor), Todd Wolfson (Editor), Peter N. Funke (Editor), Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)
$44.95
ISBN: 9781439913048
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Published: Temple University Press - January 23rd, 2017