About the Society



BACKGROUND

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 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, publications, archival projects, and other programs.  The Society welcomes your membership, participation, and contributions.




BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Arnold Farr
University of Kentucky

Peter-Erwin Jansen
Hochschule Koblenz

Imaculada Kangussu
Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto

Douglas Kellner
University of California, Los Angeles

Andrew Lamas
University of Pennsylvania

Lauren Langman
Loyola University Chicago 

Terry Maley
York University

Harold Marcuse
University of California, Santa Barbara

Sarah Surak
Salisbury University



Peter Marcuse, ex officio
Columbia University

Charles Reitz, ex officio
Kansas City Kansas Community College



Imagination

Mission

"the work of the free play of the imagination"

  
 

Cooperation

Strategy

"democracy means self-government of free people"




 

Praxis

Program

"Soyons realistes, demandons l'impossible!"




 

Reflection

History

"it is the task and duty of the intellectual to recall and preserve historical possibilities which seem to have become utopian possibilities"





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