Mon 11.18.13 | US and European Empire

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After World War II, the US pushed the European imperial powers to abandon their colonies; it also adopted an anticolonial stance based on its democratic, anti-imperial values and principles. That's the conventional narrative -- but is it correct? Julian Go confronts the widely propagated notion of American exceptionalism and discusses the postwar rise of US global power.

Wed 11.13.13 | Private (Intellectual) Property

Sean Andrews, “Locked Out” Jacobin





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How should we understand copyright politically? Is it mainly a mechanism for protecting creative individuals, and therefore worth defending, or is it politically problematic, and must be opposed? Sean Andrews talks about copyright in the context of corporations, the commons, and political dissent historically.

Tues 11.12.13 | Panther Politics and Context

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In the face of severe state repression, the Black Panther Party managed for a time not just to survive, but to flourish. Why? What were the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of the revolution-minded Panthers? And how important were the Party's community programs to its resilience and its revolutionary agenda? Waldo Martin has co-authored a book that tackles these and other issues. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 11.11.13 | Shari'a and Islamic Law: A Primer

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Some say shari'a is taking over, that it's infiltrating the US and must be stopped. But what does shari'a mean, exactly? And what does Islamic law actually prescribe (and proscribe)? Mohammad Fadel and Lena Salaymeh, both university-based Islamic legal scholars and part of islawmix, share their expertise.

Wed 11.06.13 | Making Sense of Intersex

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A new German law allows parents and doctors not to classify certain newborns as either male or female. A lawsuit in the US targets surgery done on a 16-month-old child with an intersex condition. Anne Tamar-Mattis comments on these developments and provides deep context.

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