Mon 3.30.15 | Aggression, War, and Sex

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Are men from Mars, and women from Venus, as the cliché goes? Did half of us evolve to start wars and dominate the rest of us? Could humans ever live together without warring? Biological anthropologist Agustín Fuentes separates the myths from the facts about aggression, cooperation, and human nature, arguing that we are not hardwired for war. He also takes apart conventional wisdom about the differences between men and women, suggesting that there is a yawning gap between what scientists know and what is reported in the media.

Wed 3.25.15 | The End of Cheap Nature?

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As a trip to the supermarket will bear out, food prices are on the rise. We know the implications of higher food costs for ourselves and especially for the poor, but what about for capitalism itself? In part two of an extended interview, radical scholar Jason W. Moore argues that capitalism is running out of cheap nature -- including food and labor -- to exploit, with serious consequences for the system itself.

Tues 3.24.15 | A. Philip Randolph, Black Socialist

Eric Arnesen

Kersten and Lang, eds., Reframing Randolph: Labor, Black Freedom, and the Legacies of A. Philip Randolph NYU Press, 2015

Eric Arnesen, Brotherhoods of Color Harvard U. Press, 2001

Eric Arnesen, The Black Worker U. of Illinois Press, 2007

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A. Philip Randolph famously led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, but he did much more than that. Eric Arnesen traces Randolph's emergence as a militant socialist at a time when few Blacks were attracted to the Socialist Party and its emphasis on class. Arnesen also discusses Randolph's relationship with Eugene Debs and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Mon 3.23.15 | Age of Humans or Age of Capital?

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The effects of human-generated climate change have become ever visible, from droughts to raging wildfires to floods and superstorms. So are we now living in a new geological epoch? Jason W. Moore argues against the notion of the Anthropocene -- or the age of humans -- in understanding global warming. He posits that we should instead see climate change as the product of the Capitalocene, or age of capital.

Wed 3.18.15 | We Are All Criminals

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People with criminal records are, too often, written off by society. Is that fair, asks Emily Baxter, given that we've all violated the law at one time or another? Baxter's project collects and disseminates the stories of crimes people got away with, often because of their class or race privilege. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 3.17.15 | Shortening the Work Week, Moving Beyond Work

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More than a century ago, the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, called for the four-hour workday.  Should we be considering something similar now? Kathi Weeks explores why radicals should envision a world where work is not central to our existence. She also discusses cutting the work week, without a cut in pay, and a basic guaranteed income. (Encore presentation.)

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