Centro Primo Levi is
Centro Primo Levi is is pleased to join Marie Piccone, Franklin Adler and Russel Berman for a presentation of the latest issue of Telos “Italian Jews and Fascism” with the editors, contributors and friends.
After the panel, a cocktail reception with Marie Piccone’s glorious “amaretti” will celebrate Telos’ 45th Anniversary.
Telos has always treasured rejuvenation and renewal, and in recent years has embraced change in a variety of ways. Its entire forty-four year archive has been digitized and is available online, allowing institutional and individual subscribers from around the world to access the journal over the Internet. A regular Telos conference series is held in New York City and, more recently, in the gorgeous settings of L’Aquila, bringing together an increasing number of scholars to discuss today’s critical issues in politics and philosophy.
About Telos – www.telospress.com
Timely, provocative, and independent: Telos is a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in politics, philosophy, critical theory, and culture.
Since 1968, the quarterly journal Telos has served as the definitive international forum for discussions of political, social, and cultural change. Readers from around the globe turn to Telos to engage with the sharpest minds in politics and philosophy, and to discover emerging theoretical analyses of the pivotal issues of the day.
Over its long history, Telos has charted new territory in political and philosophical analysis. Contributors to the journal have pioneered the critical frameworks necessary for interpreting the unfolding political, social, economic, and cultural transformations in the world at large. From its studies of dissidence in Eastern Europe during the Soviet era, to its investigations into the history and ideology of global terrorism, to its rigorous critiques of authoritarian regimes, Telos has consistently been at the forefront of the political-philosophical discussion.
As Paul Piccone‘s life-long project, Telos has occupied a crucial position in the English‑speaking world’s analyses and applications of contemporary critical theory. Since beginning at SUNY-Buffalo on May 1, 1968, with a tiny group of graduate students in charge of its content and direction, it has afforded an enduring outlet for many unorthodox thinkers from Europe, North America, and elsewhere to question the common beliefs about the Cold War, leftist mass politics, sixties’ radicalism, modern research universities, American democracy, Eastern European Communism, popular culture, the expanding European Union, and the New Left. Under the editorship of Russell A. Berman, Telos continues to advance this commitment to exploring the complex interactions of philosophy and politics, broadly understood, beyond disciplinary narrowness or orthodox opinions.
Paul Piccone, like Telos, the journal he founded, was an original, and the strength of his character and spirit inspired not only his journal but everyone with whom he came in contact. He never lacked confidence in anything he confronted, however unfamiliar, and he attacked every new challenge with the same indomitable energy with which he faced life as a whole. He was always “in your face,” but with as much charm as gusto, so he had a way of disarming even his staunchest critics. To friend or “enemy,” he was most assuredly unforgettable.
The eldest of five brothers, Paul emigrated at the age of fourteen with his family from L’Aquila, Italy, to the United States and settled in Rochester, NY. His father was a tailor. Leaving high school before graduating, he worked factory jobs for several years until he decided that he wanted something more. He completed undergraduate studies at Indiana University and entered the doctoral program in philosophy at SUNY Buffalo, where he received a PhD in 1970. Together with other graduate students at Buffalo, he founded Telos, which in 1968 became the leading New Left journal, attempting to come to terms with the political and intellectual turmoil of those years. Granted a position in the sociology department at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Paul published Telosout of his office. As always, he was able to surround himself with a coterie of like-minded students and colleagues to help him. In 1970 Paul moved to New York City, bought an abandoned building in the East Village, and made it into his home and office. For more than two decades thereafter, Paul guided his journal as its editor, mentor, and publisher. In 2000, shortly after his 60th birthday, Paul contracted a rare form of cancer, which he struggled with until he died on July 12, 2004, at the age of 64.