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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.

Tues 3.24.15 | A. Philip Randolph, Black Socialist

Eric Arnesen

Kersten and Lang, eds., Reframing Randolph: Labor, Black Freedom, and the Legacies of A. Philip Randolph NYU Press, 2015

Eric Arnesen, Brotherhoods of Color Harvard U. Press, 2001

Eric Arnesen, The Black Worker U. of Illinois Press, 2007

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A. Philip Randolph famously led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, but he did much more than that. Eric Arnesen traces Randolph's emergence as a militant socialist at a time when few Blacks were attracted to the Socialist Party and its emphasis on class. Arnesen also discusses Randolph's relationship with Eugene Debs and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Wed 3.18.15 | We Are All Criminals

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People with criminal records are, too often, written off by society. Is that fair, asks Emily Baxter, given that we've all violated the law at one time or another? Baxter's project collects and disseminates the stories of crimes people got away with, often because of their class or race privilege. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 2.17.15 | Race, Class, and Hurricanes

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Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy have been recent reminders of the power of massive storms to not only inundate cities and change landscapes, but to reshape or reinforce existing class and racial divisions. Historian Stuart Schwartz reflects on five centuries of hurricanes and conflict in the greater Caribbean, including the Southern United States.

Wed 1.14.15 | History from the Bottom Up

Cal Winslow, E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left Monthly Review Press, 2014

 

 

 

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E.P. Thompson was the greatest English socialist historian of the 20th century and his work still resonates today in how we understand class, social struggle, and history. Thompson's student Cal Winslow reflects on his life, politics, and writings, from his early days in the Communist Party, his key role in the early New Left, and his commitment to radical working class education.

Tues 12.23.14 | Courts, Fines, Cops

San Francisco Bar Association's free Legal Advice and Referral Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

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Shorter hours, higher fines, fines that compound astronomically if you don't pay them quickly -- just part of the picture of a court system that doesn't appear to serve poor people. Criminal defense attorney and activist Sherry Gendelman discusses whether the courts, both civil and criminal, are functioning as a revenue-generating machine -- as a regressive tax, in effect -- rather than a forum for justice. (Encore presentation.)

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