Wed 1.15.14 | Wolff's Influences; Gramsci's Ideas

Richard Wolff speaking in Berkeley tonight

Joseph Buttigieg

Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks, vols. 1-3, edited and translated by J. Buttigieg, Columbia U. Press, 1992-2007

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Which thinkers and what ideas influenced Richard Wolff's development as a radical economist, teacher, and author? Wolff found the writings of the Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci compelling; Joseph Buttigieg is one of the leading scholars of Gramsci in the US.

Tues 1.14.14 | Opinionated Poets

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For nearly six decades, writers from near and far have come to read their work and, in many cases, expound on social issues at events sponsored by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. Steve Dickison, the center's director, selected for this program audio highlights of James Baldwin, Robert Duncan, Jessica Hagedorn, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Margaret Randall, and Tomas Tranströmer. Dickison also provides commentary and analysis.

Mon 1.13.14 | Incarceration, Disability, and Capitalism

Liat Ben-Moshe, “Disabling Incarceration” Critical Sociology

Liat Ben-Moshe, “The Tension Between Abolition and Reform”

Ben-Moshe, Carey, and Chapman, eds., Disability Incarcerated Palgrave, forthcoming

 

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Incarceration is commonly understood as detention in prisons and jails. Liat Ben-Moshe argues that the term's meaning should be broadened to include confinement in places like psychiatric hospitals, mental institutions, and even nursing homes. Ben-Moshe discusses the trend toward deinstitutionalization, the position of people with disabilities in capitalist society, and what she calls the institution-industrial complex.

Wed 1.08.14 | Orwell and the Spanish Civil War

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia Harcourt, 1969

 

 

 

 

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Was what happened in Spain beginning in 1936 a civil war or a workers' revolution? It's called the Spanish Civil War, and it did pit Francisco Franco's forces against a democratically elected government, but what George Orwell discovered when he arrived in Spain was "a revolution in full swing." Adam Hochschild talks about the conflicts, their international context, and Orwell's Homage to Catalonia.

Wed 1.08.14 (WBAI) US and European Empire

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