Program Archives

Mon 7.16.12 | The Technopolitics of Uranium

Gabrielle Hecht, Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade The MIT Press, 2012

Gabrielle Hecht, ed., Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War The MIT Press, 2011


Uranium is so dangerous that certain words -- Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Fukushima -- evoke images of horror and destruction. But uranium would do nothing and go nowhere if it weren't first extracted from the ground. While describing the toll uranium production has taken on people's lives, Gabrielle Hecht considers corporate conduct, regulatory policy, racial politics, and postcolonial dynamics.

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Wed 7.11.12 | Evolving Beliefs

Conventional wisdom has it that humans are monogamous, aggressive, and innately warlike. But what if we're as much wired to be polygamous, peaceful, and egalitarian? Drawing on his own work with primates, anthropologist Agustín Fuentes discusses a number of myths about sexual differences, monogamy, aggression, and race -- all justified by misconceptions about evolution and biology.

Tues 7.10.12 | Ugly Chapters

Native American remains were routinely dug up and collected over a period of almost two centuries; by some estimates, one million skeletons were looted. How could this happen? And what role did museums, as well as academics based at places like UC Berkeley, play in these large-scale desecrations? Tony Platt has written an expose. Also, James A. Miller discusses the notorious case of the so-called Scottsboro Boys.

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Mon 7.09.12 | More Equal Than Others

Danny Dorling, The No-Nonsense Guide to Equality New Internationalist, 2012






Inequality in our society seems somehow natural and permanent. Hence thinking about the inverse -- equality -- may be a bit of a challenge, especially if one lives in the United States. Geographer Danny Dorling discusses the myriad benefits of equality, from housing to education, physical wellbeing to the environment. He explores how societies have been made more equal in the past and explains why he supports the idea of a basic income.

Wed 7.04.12 | Mexico's Revolutionary Tradition

James Cockcroft, Mexico's Revolution Then and Now Monthly Review Press, 2010





Mexico has a grand revolutionary tradition, a radical lineage that James Cockcroft argues lives on in current-day struggles both within Mexico and among US-based immigrants. Cockcroft discusses the radical visions of the revolutionaries of 1910-1917; the ideological roots of waves of resistance to Mexican and US elites; and the elections-related turmoil that's periodically plagued Mexico. (Holiday encore presentation.)

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Tues 7.03.12 | Pedagogy for Radical Change

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Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed Continuum, 2000




By illegally occupying huge estates, Brazil's Landless Workers Movement, or MST, has won title to millions of acres of land. The MST has also worked to transform Brazil's schools, in ways that support the movement's socialist goals. Activists there have drawn inspiration from the ideas of Paulo Freire and several Soviet educational theorists. UC Berkeley doctoral student Rebecca Tarlau explains.

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