Ben Fong - "Quick Fixes" - Cedric Johnson

Friday, October 13, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Benjamin Y. Fong

Benjamin Y. Fong will discuss Quick Fixes: Drugs in America from Prohibition to the 21st Century Binge. Fong will be joined in conversation by Cedric Johnson.

Presented in partnership with The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) and Society of Fellows

This event will be held in person at The Seminary Co-op.


About the book: Quick Fixes is a look at American society through the lens of its pharmacological crutches. Though particularly acute in recent decades, the contradiction between America's passionate love and intense hatred for drugs has been one of its defining characteristics for over a century. Through nine chapters, each devoted to the modern history of a drug or class of drugs, Fong examines Americans' fraught relationship with psychoactive substances.

About the author: Benjamin Y. Fong teaches at Arizona State University and is the author of Quick Fixes: Drugs in America from Prohibition to the 21st Century Binge (Verso, 2023).

About the interlocutor: Cedric Johnson is Professor of Black Studies and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of After Black Lives Matter: Policing and Anti-Capitalist Struggle (Verso, 2023).

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstores
5751 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637