Wed 11.05.14 | State Violence in Mexico

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The events of late September have shaken Mexico: a police attack on students in the city of Iguala, leading to the disappearance of 43 people who were turned over by the municipal police to a drug cartel. Journalist John Gibler has been reporting from Iguala. He discusses how the Mexican state benefits from the drug war. Gibler also explains what the story of EPR guerrilla Andrés Tzompaxtle tells us about the continuum of state repression in Mexico.

Tues 11.04.14 | Orwell and the Spanish Civil War

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia Harcourt, 1969







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Was what happened in Spain beginning in 1936 a civil war or a workers' revolution? It's called the Spanish Civil War, and it did pit Francisco Franco's forces against a democratically elected government, but what George Orwell discovered when he arrived in Spain was "a revolution in full swing." Adam Hochschild talks about the conflicts, their international context, and Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 11.03.14 | Men Down, Women Up?

Negra and Tasker, eds., Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity Duke U. Press, 2014

Suzanne Leonard, Fatal Attraction Wiley-Blackwell, 2009



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Has the Great Recession affected men and women differently? What should we make of reports that the fortunes of American men and boys are on the decline? And what impact are books and films that tout the economic vitality and resilience of women having? In Suzanne Leonard's eyes, cultural discourses like these tend to ignore structural factors and promote polarization between the sexes.

Wed 10.29.14 | Aimé Césaire and the Poetics of Anticolonialism

Natalie Melas, All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison Stanford U. Press, 2007





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Francophone poet, playwright, intellectual, and politician, Aimé Césaire was a fierce critic of the colonial condition and a modernist trailblazer. Scholar Natalie Melas considers the politics and poetics of the Martiniquan writer, arguably the greatest poet of anticolonialism and decolonization. She discusses Césaire's central involvement in the Négritude movement, his celebrated poem "Notebook of a Return to the Native Land," and his influence on Frantz Fanon.

Tues 10.28.14 | Justice from Justices?

Rob Hunter, “Waiting For SCOTUS” Jacobin

Rob Hunter, “Abolish the States” Jacobin

Full interview with Fred Branfman (1942-2014): Part one and part two

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Many on the Left are fixated on the US Supreme Court -- its conduct, its decisions, the chances it will once again have a left-leaning majority. Rob Hunter finds in liberals' fascination and obsession with SCOTUS a manifestation of their disdain for mass action and confrontational politics.

Mon 10.27.14 | Profiting from Higher Education

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For-profit colleges market themselves to veterans and low-income, often African American, students who ultimately find themselves with little to show for their efforts beyond mountains of debt. Contrary to their image, they are massively subsidized by US taxpayers, while turning a handsome profit to their shareholders.

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