Mon 4.18.11| Prashad on Libya and Beyond

Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World The New Press, 2008 (paper)




Innocent civilians in Libya were about to be slaughtered en masse, so the world community had to do something. Who propagated that message, and why? And what aren't we hearing about the reasons for the crackdown on people's uprisings in places like Bahrain? Vijay Prashad weighs in on the Arab Spring and the situation, past and present, in Libya.

Wed 4.13.11| What Children Need

Stephen Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth, eds., What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane JacobsNew Village Press, 2010

Clare Cooper Marcus, Iona Dreaming Nicolas-Hays, 2010

Healing Landscapes (scroll down directory)

What if urban and suburban neighborhoods were designed specifically to meet the needs of children? If young people's preferences were given priority in design and planning decision making, where would children play and how would they develop? Clare Cooper Marcus asserts that parks and playgrounds are far from sufficient, and she points to child- and pedestrian-friendly designs implemented abroad. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 4.12.11| What Golden Age?

Are the myriad crises besetting California's economy new, or do they have their origins in longstanding practices that denied millions of residents access to public goods and services? Daniel Martinez HoSang challenges the notion of a lost Golden Age by examining the history of racialized ballot measures in California.

Mon 4.11.11| Indigenous Insurgencies

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and John Womack, Jr., Dreams of Revolution: Oklahoma, 1917 Monthly Review

Dan Berger ed., The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism Rutgers U. Press, 201


Insurrection and resistance are as much a part of the history of these lands as dispossession and occupation. Native American historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has made it her life's work to shine a light on such history, which is so often hidden. She discusses the little-known Green Corn Rebellion in 1917, as well as the struggles of Native peoples in the 1970s. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 4.04.11| Labor Upsurge

Dan Clawson argues that organized labor's decline could be reversed, and the Left's prospects greatly enhanced, if workers and their unions actively connected with social movements pushing for economic, racial, gender, and global justice. Clawson articulates his vision for labor's resurgence, discusses recent attacks on unions and public-sector workers, and describes the last great labor upsurge.

Wed 3.30.11| Media, Race, and the Tea Party

Black Agenda Report

Laura Flanders, At the Tea Party Or Books

Richard Kim, "The Mad Tea Party" The Nation

Essential Dissent



The anti-tax and anti-worker Tea Party took the mainstream media by storm, coming to prominence during debates over healthcare, and alarming those hoping for a shift to the left, not the right, during this time of crisis. The Tea Party's popularity, however, has been slipping over the past year. Left journalists Glen Ford, Laura Flanders, Richard Kim, and Adele Stan discuss the Tea Party's rise, its racist appeal, and the troubles that currently beset it.

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