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Wed 12.03.14 | Ethical Truth

Zuidervaart et al., eds., Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion McGill-Queen's U. Press, 2013




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Compared to objective truth, truth of the subjective kind may appear shaky, unreliable, even arbitrary. But Jay Gupta, drawing from Kierkegaard, contends that subjective truth is key to ethical understanding and action. To illustrate the point, Gupta examines how war and the horrific toll it takes are reported in the media. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 12.02.14 | Lethal Legacy in Laos

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It was the biggest bombing campaign in history. The United States barraged Laos for almost a decade, killing untold numbers, and littering a third of the country's land surface with unexploded cluster bombs and other deadly ordnance. Journalists Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates discuss the campaign, which started fifty years ago this month, and its lethal aftermath for Laotian children and adults.

Mon 12.01.14 | Squatters as Neighbors

Claire Herbert







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Vacant structures abound in the bankrupt city of Detroit, and squatters have taken over and occupied many of them. Although squatting is illegal, the practice has achieved a kind of legitimacy and vibrancy as residents yearn for a sense of community among the empty lots and abandoned homes. Claire Herbert has interviewed squatters, long-time residents, city officials, and others.

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.

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