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Each year an inaugural lecture launches the Vera List Center's annual theme, defining the intellectual territory that the center will explore in public programs. This year's theme is Branding Democracy. The lecturer introduces the theme in the broadest sense, serving as a guide to the range and richness of the topic at hand and rooting the concept within The New School's intellectual tradition. In keeping with this political moment, this year's inaugural lecturer, Simon Critchley, will now approach the subject of democracy through the current presidential elections and focus on one of the candidates. The lecture entitled "Barack Obama and the American Void, will examine Obama's subjectivity, the existential detachment that seems to haunt him, and its relation to democracy. Critchley is a professor of philosophy, at The New School for Social Research and at University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom. His research focuses on the history of philosophy, literature, ethics, and politics. Sponsored by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.