Program Archives

Tues 9.13.11 | Paying for Forests

A new policy that purports to address climate change by incentivizing the protection of forests has attracted a lot of support. Environmental organizations, the World Bank, and others have lined up behind it. But who does it really help, and who gets harmed in the process? Jeff Conant describes the REDD policy mechanism and describes its impact on communities in Mexico's Lacondon Jungle.

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Mon 9.12.11 | French Intellectuals and Maoism

Womens' liberation, immigrants' and prisoners' rights, gay liberation and queer studies -- they're some of the most enduring legacies of the 1960s and '70s. And as Richard Wolin argues, they're partially the inheritance of Maoism in France. He explores the rise of Maoism in that country following the upheavals of 1968 and its impact on the thinking of intellectuals like Sartre and Foucault.

Wed 9.07.11 | Multiculturalism Under Attack

John Bowen, "Europeans Against Multiculturalism" Boston Review

John Bowen, Can Islam Be French? Princeton U. Press, 2009

Sentenced Home, a film by David Grabias and Nicole Newnham

Screening of Sentenced Home at Humanist Hall

Why have so many European leaders recently proclaimed the failure of multiculturalism? What should we make of their claims, and of the proliferating rhetoric of blame directed against Muslims and other immigrants of color in Europe? John Bowen distinguishes rhetoric from reality in France, Britain and beyond, and Nicole Newnham discusses her film about the human cost of US deportation policy.

Tues 9.06.11| Chomsky on Social Justice

Noam Chomsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year has witnessed mass protests throughout the Middle East and North Africa, a labor upsurge in Wisconsin, continued struggles against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and continued problems for radicals in finding their direction through it all. These concerns were discussed when celebrated intellectual Noam Chomsky was asked six questions by Alice Walker, Ken Loach, Chris Hedges, John Berger, Amira Hass and Paul Laverty.

Mon 9.05.11| Ian Rankin on Crime and the City

Ian Rankin, The Complaints Reagan Arthur Books, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

"Crime fiction is about social inequality," claims international bestselling Scottish writer Ian Rankin. Does that explain the enormous popularity of the genre, which continues to strike a chord globally? Rankin discusses his life and the social and political context of his work. And he considers the relation between the city as protagonist--such as Edinburgh--and how police procedurals can lay bare the dark underbelly of corruption, deceit, and class conflict at the polar ends of society. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 8.31.11| Workers' Control

Immanuel Ness & Dario Azzellini, eds., Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the PresentHaymarket Books, 2011

 

What happens when those who work for others decide to take their collective destinies into their own hands and manage themselves? That's a question workers around the world have answered in different forms over the 140 years since the Paris Commune. Scholar and activist Immanuel Ness discusses the history, across time and place, of workers' control and workers' councils.

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