Wed 7.16.14 | Imperial Suburbs

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In the early days of the CIA, Allen Dulles moved the agency from Washington, D.C. to the suburbs, spawning a complex of government and private entities in the service of US empire. Scholar Andrew Friedman unearths the significance of the national security state's base in Northern Virginia. He examines the imperial ties and intimate connections between agents -- such as well-known female science fiction writer James Tiptree -- and their collaborators in Africa, Vietnam, Iran, Central America, and elsewhere.

Tues 7.15.14 | Homophobia as Federal Policy

David K. Johnson, The Lavender Scare U. of Chicago Press, 2004

Weiss and Bosia, eds., Global Homophobia: States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression U. of Illinois Press, 2013

Michael Bosia

The Lavender Scare, a documentary film

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Joseph McCarthy instigated the well-known Red Scare of the 1950s, but he also unleashed something that lasted much longer: purges of what became thousands of government workers suspected of homosexuality. This Lavender Scare, says David K. Johnson, spread to the private sector and was also exported abroad. Also, Michael Bosia discusses the volume to which Johnson contributed.

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.)

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