Wed 9.07.11 | Multiculturalism Under Attack

John Bowen, "Europeans Against Multiculturalism" Boston Review

John Bowen, Can Islam Be French? Princeton U. Press, 2009

Sentenced Home, a film by David Grabias and Nicole Newnham

Screening of Sentenced Home at Humanist Hall

Why have so many European leaders recently proclaimed the failure of multiculturalism? What should we make of their claims, and of the proliferating rhetoric of blame directed against Muslims and other immigrants of color in Europe? John Bowen distinguishes rhetoric from reality in France, Britain and beyond, and Nicole Newnham discusses her film about the human cost of US deportation policy.

Tues 9.06.11| Chomsky on Social Justice

Noam Chomsky







This year has witnessed mass protests throughout the Middle East and North Africa, a labor upsurge in Wisconsin, continued struggles against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and continued problems for radicals in finding their direction through it all. These concerns were discussed when celebrated intellectual Noam Chomsky was asked six questions by Alice Walker, Ken Loach, Chris Hedges, John Berger, Amira Hass and Paul Laverty.

Mon 9.05.11| Ian Rankin on Crime and the City

Ian Rankin, The Complaints Reagan Arthur Books, 2011






"Crime fiction is about social inequality," claims international bestselling Scottish writer Ian Rankin. Does that explain the enormous popularity of the genre, which continues to strike a chord globally? Rankin discusses his life and the social and political context of his work. And he considers the relation between the city as protagonist--such as Edinburgh--and how police procedurals can lay bare the dark underbelly of corruption, deceit, and class conflict at the polar ends of society. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 8.31.11| Workers' Control

Immanuel Ness & Dario Azzellini, eds., Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the PresentHaymarket Books, 2011


What happens when those who work for others decide to take their collective destinies into their own hands and manage themselves? That's a question workers around the world have answered in different forms over the 140 years since the Paris Commune. Scholar and activist Immanuel Ness discusses the history, across time and place, of workers' control and workers' councils.

Tues 8.30.11| August Wilson on Black America

Sandra Shannon, The Dramatic Vision of August WilsonHoward U. Press, 1995

August Wilson's Seven Guitars at Marin Theatre Company


August Wilson wrote a 10-play, decade-by-decade exploration of the African American experience in the 20th century -- so did that make the eminent playwright an historian as well? Sandra Shannon describes how Wilson drew inspiration from the Black Arts movement, the blues, and everyday Black experience. And Kent Gash directs a new production of Seven Guitars, which Wilson set in Pittsburgh in 1948.

Mon 8.29.11| Conflict in Somalia: A Primer

"You Don't Know Who to Blame": War Crimes in Somalia, a report by Human Rights Watch

Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy at Berkeley Repertory Theatre


A government in name only. A protracted conflict with a hard-line Islamist group. A severe drought and famine, and thousands of people on the move. Ben Rawlence has written a penetrating report about the tumultuous situation in Somalia, and the toll it's taken on civilians. Also, the celebrated solo performer Anna Deavere Smith talks about her new show.

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