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In which the thinking man finds himself in a gigantic orphanage, Founder's Hall at Girard College, 2005

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"Is it not true that whatever I am saying should be available and accessible [...] to anyone? Because this is what democracy is about."

− Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on Jacques Derrida, in The Politics of Mourning, 2004

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Philosophers Judith Butler, Hélène Cixous, Gayatri Spivak and others remember Jacques Derrida on the tenth anniversary of his death.

Artist Soun-Gui Kim engages Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy and John Cage in conversation about artists and the global art market.

Artist Carolee Schneemann clarifies and deepens the inquiries of art history students about her life as an artist, surrounded by skeletons and emblems of precariousness.

Architect Teddy Cruz, Governor Sergio Fajardo, and ecologist Oscar Romo discuss the paradigm shift in urban development, social justice, and civic imagination across Latin America.

Philosophers, statesmen and members of the UN Security council engage in a filmed conversation about how to reduce geopolitical conflict, building upon Immanuel Kant's essay Perpetual Peace (1795).

Conceptual artist William Anastasi recounts the life and work of artist John Cage, his friend and collaborator, and documents the visual and textual works that informed their ongoing dialogue.