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Wed 4.08.15 | The Art and Politics of Frida Kahlo

Margaret A. Lindauer, Devouring Frida: The Art History and Popular Celebrity of Frida Kahlo Wesleyan University Press, 1999

 

 

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Frida Kahlo's life and work are world famous -- yet what has become of the Mexican artist's radical politics? Art historian Margaret A. Lindauer argues that Kahlo's artistic legacy has been done a disservice by those who would read the painter's works off her personal life, instead of looking at the complex intellectual and political processes that created them.

Tues 4.07.15 | Nietzsche, Anti-Authoritarianism, and the Anarchist Project

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Giving primacy to Reason often reflects a belief that discursive thought and scientific knowledge put humans on a trajectory of progress and improvement. Friedrich Nietzsche and Max Stirner called all of that into question. According to Joaquin Pedroso, the two iconoclasts pointed toward an anti-authoritarianism of the intellect that anarchists and others should take seriously.

Mon 4.06.15 | Education and Inequality

John Marsh, Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality Monthly Review Press, 2011

 

 

 

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It seems logical: if you don't have enough education your economic prospects will be diminished, while those who have a lot are able to succeed in our purportedly knowledge-based economy.  But what if that's only partially accurate? John Marsh posits that economic inequality and poverty are not causally connected to differing levels of education. He argues that we need to reject the appealing notion of education as a cure-all and look deeper at class power and structural inequality.

Wed 4.01.15 | Agamben on State Power and "Bare Life"

Adam Kotsko, “How to Read Agamben” Los Angeles Review of Books

Adam Kotsko, Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide To Late Capitalist Television Zer0 Books, 2012

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How foundational are violence and coercion to Western sovereign authority? According to Giorgio Agamben, states of emergency have become not the exception but the rule, and the individual has been reduced by state power to "bare life" to an alarming degree. Adam Kotsko explains and interprets the Italian theorist's influential ideas.

Tues 3.31.15 | Linebaugh on Paine

Peter Linebaugh, Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance PM Press, 2014

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man and Common Sense (with an introduction by Peter Linebaugh) Verso, 2009

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Peter Linebaugh, best known for tracing the history of the commons and of commoning practices, calls Thomas Paine "a planetary revolutionary.” He has found in Paine's lesser-known works radical critiques of inequality and authoritarianism and even the system of money wages. Many lessons for our time, Linebaugh argues, can be drawn from Paine's writings and his extraordinary life.

Mon 3.30.15 | Aggression, War, and Sex

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Are men from Mars, and women from Venus, as the cliché goes? Did half of us evolve to start wars and dominate the rest of us? Could humans ever live together without warring? Biological anthropologist Agustín Fuentes separates the myths from the facts about aggression, cooperation, and human nature, arguing that we are not hardwired for war. He also takes apart conventional wisdom about the differences between men and women, suggesting that there is a yawning gap between what scientists know and what is reported in the media.

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