Walter Benjamin—literary and social critic, essayist, radio broadcaster, and philosopher—made critical contributions to the way we think about modernity. He has come to be recognized as one of the twentieth century’s most important intellectuals. With his pioneering studies of modern media and critique of commodity capitalism, he proved to be a visionary who foretold conditions that led to the rise of the Internet and globalization.
In partnership with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, SFAI presents special programming for Haunted Reflections—a weeklong, Bay Area–wide immersion in the life, legacy, and thought of Benjamin.
Haunted Reflections at SFAI features Lindsay Waters, Finn Brunton, Mary Ann Doane, Michael Jennings, Martin Jay, Victoria Nelson, Scott Thompson, Wlad Godzich, Uwe Steiner, and Fredrick Young.
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Haunted Reflections is produced by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in conjunction with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Harvard University Press, Department of History at UC Berkeley, Mechanics' Institute Library, and San Francisco Art Institute.