Program Archives

Wed 11.26.14 | Policing Protest

Amory Starr, Luis A. Fernandez, and Christian Scholl, Shutting Down the Streets: Political Violence and Social Control in the Global Era NYU Press, 2011

Luis A. Fernandez, Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement Rutgers U. Press, 2008

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Since the decision by a grand jury to not press charges against the police officer who killed Michael Brown, there have been protests in cities all over the United States. Scholar Luis Fernandez reflects on the lessons that the police learn from social movements -- in their efforts to repress them -- from the civil unrest of the 1960s to the anti-globalization movement, from Occupy to Ferguson.

Tues 11.25.14 | Race and Inequality; Zimbabwe's Mugabe

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Frustration over racial inequality in the US can and does, at times, boil over. Melvin Oliver and Tom Shapiro have done groundbreaking research into this nation's black-white wealth gap. They and Eric Klinenberg spoke at this year's ASA Annual Meeting. And Fraser Grace discusses his play about Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

Mon 11.24.14 | Against and Beyond

Chris Dixon, Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements UC Press, 2014

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From the shutdown of the WTO in Seattle to the Occupy movement, there's a highly influential current that has shaped how contemporary politics are conceived and organized. Activist and scholar Chris Dixon has delved deeply into anti-authoritarian, anticapitalist, and non-sectarian politics – perhaps the leading orientation for young radicals today. He discusses its vibrancy, as well as the problems that beset it, from strategy and organization to insularity and the assertion that there are no leaders.

Mon 11.17.14 | Radical Convergence Around Health

Brown and Birn, eds., Comrades in Health: U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home Rutgers U. Press, 2013

Fee and Brown, eds., Making Medical History: The Life and Times of Henry E. Sigerist Johns Hopkins U. Press, 1997


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According to Theodore Brown, proletarian internationalism converged with social medicine in the early twentieth century; what emerged, he asserts, was a “health internationalism” rooted in the belief that factors shaping health are embedded in the social and political order. Brown's narrative encompasses the efforts of iconic radicals like Marx and Engels as well as the work of lesser-known but influential figures like Henry Sigerist and Andrija Štampar.

Wed 11.12.14 | Not Enough for Retirement

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You may be doing everything by the book, but will you have enough to retire on? If you're like most Americans, the answer is no. Sociologist James Russell weighs in on how pensions like 401(k)s put all the risk on the individual -- and siphon a large part of the rewards off for the financial services industry. He also talks about efforts, like the one he led, to switch back to traditional pension plans.


Tues 11.11.14 | Out of Prison, Into What?

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In this era of mass incarceration, more than half a million people leave state and federal prisons each year. Where do they go, and what do they encounter and experience as they re-enter society? David Harding, who has been studying the phenomenon of prisoner reentry and reintegration, reviews the factors that affect the ability of ex-inmates to rebuild their lives.

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