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Tues 1.24.12 | Occupy's Precursors

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If we're to believe the mainstream media, the Occupy movement came out of nowhere and represents a new kind of politics. But we should be skeptical of such claims. Social movements scholar Barbara Epstein was a participant in the nonviolent direct action movements of the 1970s and '80s. She describes how they incorporated consensus-based decision-making, radical egalitarianism, and prefigurative politics. And she examines how their strengths and weaknesses have been passed down to Occupy.

Mon 1.23.12 | Memory and the Radical Imagination

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Global capitalism, far from being only an economic phenomenon, affects and influences how we think, including what and how we think about the past. Max Haiven reveals how neoliberal-era initiatives frame human cooperation and collective action; he also emphasizes the importance of what he calls "commoning memory."

Wed 1.18.12 | Capitalism and the Internet

John Bellamy Foster & Robert W. McChesney, "The Internet's Unholy Marriage to Capitalism" Monthly Review

Free Press




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Two decades into the internet revolution, what's the state of a medium that was supposed to create new, perhaps utopian, relationships between people around the world? Why is it not dominated by collaborative nonprofit efforts like Wikipedia? Media critic Robert McChesney describes how capitalist interests have managed to enclose the non-commercial promise of the internet -- and argues that it doesn't have to be so. He also considers the state of online journalism. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 1.17.12 | Food Justice, Social Justice

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Farmers' markets, community gardens, the push for more local, organic food -- what's often called the alternative food movement is all the rage. But are there any downsides? Julie Guthman contends that the movement, inasmuch as it views consumer choice as the primary vehicle for change, can and will have limited impact on the industrial food status quo. She also challenges claims made about obesity and its causes.

Mon 1.16.12 | Black Bodies, White Gazes

George Yancy, Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race Rowman & Littlefield, 2008



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Black bodies have been stereotyped, criminalized, and rendered invisible by what George Yancy calls the white gaze. In a recent book Yancy explores, among other things, the lived experiences of African Americans in relation to whites, the nature of whiteness, and the contours of effective white antiracist work. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 1.11.12 | Anti-Authoritarian Politics

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It's been the strongest current of radical politics to emerge in North America since the early 1990s. Anarchist organizer and scholar Chris Dixon discusses anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and non-sectarian politics, exploring the sources of its strengths and the problems that beset it.  He also talks about how anti-authoritarian ideas and practices have shaped the Occupy movement.
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