Tues 7.22.14 Rosa Luxemburg's Legacy

Annelies Laschitza, Georg Adler, and Peter Hudis, eds., Letters of Rosa Luxemburg Verso, 2011




C.S. to speak in Oakland on Thursday

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Proponent of the mass strike and socialist democracy, advocate of anticapitalism and anti-imperialism -- Rosa Luxemburg is a thinker for our tumultuous times. Peter Hudis, editor of the planned 14-volume The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, talks about the pioneering Marxist theoretician and leader, and explains why her radical politics and vision endure nearly a century after her assassination. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 7.21.14 | Stuart Hall on Representations in the Media

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The mass media represents a variety of things, phenomena, and events in certain ways, and media consumers constantly take in those representations and images. Stuart Hall investigated the nature of those representations, their impact on us, and how we can and sometimes do respond. The prominent cultural theorist and British leftist, who died in February, also linked media representations to the way power operates in society.

Wed 7.16.14 | Imperial Suburbs

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In the early days of the CIA, Allen Dulles moved the agency from Washington, D.C. to the suburbs, spawning a complex of government and private entities in the service of US empire. Scholar Andrew Friedman unearths the significance of the national security state's base in Northern Virginia. He examines the imperial ties and intimate connections between agents -- such as well-known female science fiction writer James Tiptree -- and their collaborators in Africa, Vietnam, Iran, Central America, and elsewhere.

Tues 7.15.14 | Homophobia as Federal Policy

David K. Johnson, The Lavender Scare U. of Chicago Press, 2004

Weiss and Bosia, eds., Global Homophobia: States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression U. of Illinois Press, 2013

Michael Bosia

The Lavender Scare, a documentary film

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Joseph McCarthy instigated the well-known Red Scare of the 1950s, but he also unleashed something that lasted much longer: purges of what became thousands of government workers suspected of homosexuality. This Lavender Scare, says David K. Johnson, spread to the private sector and was also exported abroad. Also, Michael Bosia discusses the volume to which Johnson contributed.

Mon 7.14.14 | Failing to Stop Global Warming

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The effects of global warming are not just waiting for us in the future, but are here already in the form of droughts, superstorms, fires, and other types of extreme weather. Yet politicians have done little over the last twenty-five years to halt climate change. Dale Jamieson examines how and why attempts to stop global warming failed -- or weren't even tried.

Wed 7.09.14 | When TV Goes Colorblind

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Conservative racial discourse often advances the notion of colorblindness, a notion that Sarah Nilsen sees promoted, ironically, in television shows with distinctly liberal viewing audiences. Nilsen describes the relationship between television and right-wing racial rhetoric; she also examines how race and race relations are portrayed in the hit TV series Mad Men.

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