Mitchell Cohen Elected Visiting Director
Professor Mitchell Cohen, of Weissman’s Political Science department, has been elected a Visiting Director of Studies by the Assembly of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sociales (The School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris, one of Europe's most eminent institutions of advanced learning. He will give three guest lectures to graduate students there on various themes during January 2010.
Professor Cohen has been asked to serve on the "Comite Scientifique" for an international colloquium at L'institut Mémoires de l'édition contemporaine (IMEC), at the University of Caen in September, on Lucien Goldmann, the late French-Romanian cultural and political critic. IMEC is one of the central archives for French language intellectuals, including Goldmann, Roland Barthes, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Samuel Beckett, Robbe-Grillet, and Marcel Mauss, among others.
On the eve of President Obama's inauguration, Prof. Cohen gave a special guest lecture on "The American President" at the University of Rouen in France. He is also currently serving as an academic adviser for "The Zionist Idea," a new documentary being made by award-winner Joseph Dorman, best known for "Arguing the World," a film about New York intellectuals and Oren Rudovsky. Last summer Prof. Cohen presented a paper at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, and was the guest speaker on a panel on "1968 in America" at the University of Leipzig, Germany under the auspices of the U.S. Consulate there. His article, "The Damnation of Doctor Atomic," about John Adams's recent opera about testing the atom bomb, will appear in the spring issue of "Dissent Magazine."