Mon 7.15.13 | Pedagogy for Radical Change

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Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed Continuum, 2000

 

 

 

 

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By illegally occupying huge estates, Brazil's Landless Workers Movement, or MST, has won title to millions of acres of land. The MST has also worked to transform Brazil's schools, in ways that support the movement's socialist goals. Activists there have drawn inspiration from the ideas of Paulo Freire and of several Soviet-era educational theorists. UC Berkeley doctoral student Rebecca Tarlau explains.

Wed 7.10.13 | What Can Environmentalism Do?

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In the face of climate change, land degradation, and ecosystem destruction, the question of environmentalism's power and potential becomes ever more urgent. Andrew Ross, Mark Engler, and Charles Callaway presented at a recent Left Forum session dedicated to that topic. They spoke about, among other things, climate debt, environmental justice, universal basic income, and even same-sex marriage.

Tues 7.09.13 | A World of Sciences

Sandra Harding, ed., The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader Duke U. Press, 2011

 

 

 

 

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Western science and technology are the motors that drive social progress; no other knowledge system comes anywhere close. It's a widely held view, an example of Western exceptionalism and triumphalism -- but is it correct? The philosopher of science Sandra Harding talks about knowledge appropriation, the failure of "development," and the value and sophistication of non-Western ways of thinking.

Mon 7.08.13 | What's the Good Life?

Thomas Hurka, The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Mattters Oxford U. Press, 2010

 

 

 

 

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Many philosophers over the years and centuries have urged us to live a good life. But they've often disagreed about what a good life consists of. Thomas Hurka maintains that there are four intrinsic "goods": pleasure, knowledge, achievement, and virtue. He discusses each, bringing in the ideas of Nietzsche, Marx, and others.

Wed 7.03.13 | Farmers' Markets: A Critique

Alison Hope Alkon, Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy, U. of Georgia Press, 2012

 

 

 

 

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Farmers' markets appear to embody many of the qualities of the much-touted green economy. Yet according to Alison Hope Alkon, they tend to reinforce racial and class inequality. Alkon contrasts a farmers' market in affluent and white North Berkeley with a now-closed market in poor and predominantly African American West Oakland. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 7.02.13 | Turkish Turbulence

Zeynep Gambetti

Zeynep Gambetti, "Beginning Again in Taksim" Desinformémonos

 

 

 

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Why are so many people in so many of Turkey's cities and towns rising up against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan? What social, political, and economic demands are being advanced, and what are protesters creating on the ground? Zeynep Gambetti shares her insights into the meaning and impact of the protests with Charlotte Sáenz.

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