Wed 1.29.14 | Bottom Billion Capitalism

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How do we help the billion-plus humans who live in extreme poverty? Is microfinance part of the answer, and how should we evaluate its connection to "bottom billion capitalism," the effort to integrate desperately poor people into global circulations of finance capital? Ananya Roy looks at how poverty is viewed and addressed.

Tues 1.28.14 | Leary, Weil, Smith, and Ram Dass

Don Lattin

Don Lattin, "Leary's Legacy" California magazine

 

 

 

 

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Four men who would have a profound impact on U.S. culture converged at Harvard in the early 1960s. In The Harvard Psychedelic Club, Don Lattin tells the story of what Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, and Huston Smith did, how they interacted, and how they influenced the psychedelic, countercultural, spiritual, and holistic-health movements of the 1960s and '70s and way beyond.

Mon 1.27.14 | Post-Oppositional Politics

AnaLouise Keating, Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change U. of Illinois Press, 2013

Anzaldúa & Keating, eds., this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation Routledge, 2002

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People dismayed by systems of power and privilege often get oppositional; their thinking and their politics get locked in an us-versus-them binary. But is this always the best and most effective approach? AnaLouise Keating says we need to cultivate a post-oppositional mindset, one that helps us transcend, among other things, narrow versions of identity politics.

Wed 1.22.14 | Vietnam's Lessons Learned?

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If this nation's involvement in Vietnam was disastrous, if the US lost what it calls the Vietnam War, then what happened such that foreign military intervention again became acceptable, and even popular? Walter Hixson discusses the cultural recasting of the Vietnamese conflict over the years, with momentous effects.

Wed 1.22.14 (WBAI) The Idea of Haiti

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Tues 1.21.14 | Civil Liberties Roundup

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What's happened to our privacy and to our civil liberties over the past twelve months? To what degree are our Fourth Amendment and other rights under attack? Natasha Minsker identifies and evaluates a range of developments in the areas of domestic surveillance, marriage, immigration, reproductive justice, and criminal sentencing.

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