Wed 3.26.14 | Shortening the Work Week, Moving Beyond Work

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More than a century ago, the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, called for the four-hour workday.  Should we be considering something similar now? Kathi Weeks explores why radicals should envision a world where work is not central to our existence. She also discusses cutting the work week, without a cut in pay, and a basic guaranteed income.

Tues 3.25.14 | Vietnam, Katrina, and Afro-Asian Relations

Joshi & Desai, eds., Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South U. of Illinois Press, 2013

 

 

 

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Focusing squarely on the Black and Vietnamese American communities in New Orleans, Marguerite Nguyen tells a story of interracial tension and panethnic solidarity in the context of US imperialism, natural and human-made disasters, model-minority rhetoric, and government neglect and abandonment.

Mon 3.24.14 | French Intellectuals and Maoism

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Womens' liberation, immigrants' and prisoners' rights, gay liberation and queer studies -- they're part of the enduring legacy of the 1960s and '70s. And as Richard Wolin argues, they're partially the inheritance of Maoism in France. Wolin explores the rise of Maoism in that country following the upheavals of 1968 and its impact on the thinking of intellectuals like Sartre and Foucault. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 3.19.14 | Ethical Truth

Zuidervaart et al., eds., Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion McGill-Queen's U. Press, 2013

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Compared to objective truth, truth of the subjective kind may appear shaky, unreliable, even arbitrary. But Jay Gupta, drawing from Kierkegaard, contends that subjective truth is key to ethical understanding and action. To illustrate the point, Gupta examines how war and the horrific toll it takes are reported in the media.

Tues 3.18.14 | The Rise and Fall of Regions

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We may take for granted that some regions do well economically -- perhaps it's the pleasant weather that attracts skilled workers to them -- and that others do poorly. But history shows that regions rise and fall.  Economic geographer Michael Storper reflects on the differing fates of regions, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.

Mon 3.17.14 | A People's History of Baseball

Mitchell Nathanson, A People's History of Baseball U. of Illinois Press, 2012

Mitchell Nathanson, The Fall of the 1977 Phillies McFarland, 2008

 

 

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Has the game of baseball developed independently of social and political forces and movements in this country? Certainly not, says Mitchell Nathanson. He traces the impact of class-based concerns, racial dynamics, labor struggles, and 1960s protest mobilizations on baseball's origins and development. Nathanson also considers the oft-propagated story of baseball as America. (Encore presentation.)

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