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.

Tues 7.08.14 | 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. 

Mon 7.07.14 | Radical Reaction

Corey Robin, The Reactionary Mind: From Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Oxford University Press, 2011

 

 

 

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Many leftists may believe that reactionary thought is a contradiction in terms -- that there is no intellectual complexity, substance, or allure to conservative ideas. But that, political scientist Corey Robin argues, is wrong. He discusses the motivations and power of reactionary thought, as well as how conservatives have been avid students of left movements. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 7.02.14 | 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, 2014

 

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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. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 7.01.14 | 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.

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