About the Society


The International Herbert Marcuse Society is an open gathering of the community of scholars, artists, and activists who labor together in an attempt to explore and make useful for our time the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse as well as other critical theories of refusal and liberation. Our purposes are primarily scholarly and educational, and we promote socially engaged praxis and intellectual projects that arise from this cooperative labor. We are dedicated to the transformation of our society into a qualitatively better, more just, democratic, and liberated society. 

Arnold L. Farr
Founder of the Marcuse Society
Professor of Philosophy
University of Kentucky

The Marcuse Society is organized exclusively for, and its purpose is limited to, charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes, within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code. Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Marcuse Society is a nonprofit corporation.  Further information about the Society's mission, purposes, and governance is provided in our organizational documents (e.g., Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws), which are available on this website.

Founded in 2005, the Society sponsors biennial conferences, special symposia, publications, translation and archival projects, public education, and other programs.  The Society welcomes your participation and contributions. Donations to the Marcuse Society are tax-deductible.


Silvio Ricardo Gomes Carneiro
Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC)

Arnold L. Farr
University of Kentucky

Peter-Erwin Jansen
Hochschule Koblenz

Imaculada Kangussu
Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto

Douglas Kellner
University of California, Los Angeles

Robert Kirsch
Arizona State University

Andrew T. Lamas
University of Pennsylvania

Lauren Langman
Loyola University Chicago 

Terry Maley
York University

Harold Marcuse
University of California, Santa Barbara

Savita Singh
School of Gender and Development Studies
Indira Gandhi National Open University

Sarah Surak
Salisbury University

Peter Marcuse, ex officio, emeritus trustee
Columbia University

Charles Reitz, ex officio, emeritus trustee
Kansas City Kansas Community College



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