Tues 8.16.11| Du Bois & Robeson

African American giants W.E.B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson were tireless opponents of racial oppression and colonialism. Du Bois was the most prominent black intellectual leader and political activist of the early twentieth century, while the vastly talented Robeson was a brilliant athlete, multilingual actor, and singer. Murali Balaji talks about how their legacy of radicalism has been largely rewritten.

Mon 8.15.11| Nuclear Power After Fukushima

The nightmare of the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant in Japan, which is still emitting radiation, has led some countries to decide to phase out nuclear power -- and others to continue as planned. Environmental journalist Tina Gerhardt weighs in on whether the predicted renaissance in nuclear power has been scuppered, and explores the centrality of activism in shutting down existing and future plants.

Tues 10.04.11 through Wed 10.26.11

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Mon 8.01.11| Murdoch and the British State

Iain Boal






While revelations about the unsavory methods of Rupert Murdoch's media empire fill the newspapers, his role in supporting the neoliberal transformation of the UK -- first under Margaret Thatcher, then Labour's Tony Blair, and now under David Cameron -- is perhaps more scandalous. Social historian Iain Boal discusses media, labor, and austerity in Britain, as well as the gutting of higher education.

Wed 7.27.11| Snapshot of America

Homelessness, domestic violence, Superfund sites, unemployment, and poverty -- while they afflict all states in the US, they don't do so equally. Scholars Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager have mapped the geographic and racial and gender divisions that fragment the generalities made about American life in the headlines. While some results are easy to predict, others are quite surprising.

Tues 7.26.11| Academic Labor & Higher Ed in Crisis

William Deresiewicz at The Nation

William Deresiewicz, A Jane Austen Education Penguin, 2011




"A self-enriching aristocracy, a swelling and increasingly immiserated proletariat, and a shrinking middle class." In the eyes of Bill Deresiewicz, that describes not just the US economy as a whole but also the troubled landscape of higher education. Deresiewicz discusses the plight of academic labor and other trends within the academy. He also evaluates calls for the abolition of tenure and for technology-based and market-driven reforms.

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