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Tues 9.09.14 | Food Politics, Race, Capitalism

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf Beacon, 2012

Alison Hope Alkon, Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy, University of Georgia Press, 2012

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The recent job walkouts by fast food workers has been a reminder of the conditions under which people who produce our food labor -- or at least those who make highly processed food. But what about the organic nutritious food sold at farmers markets? Surely things are different there. Or are they? Scholar Aaron Bobrow-Strain looks at the history and blindspots of the alternative food movement. And sociologist Alison Hope Alkon reflects on questions of race, class, and green capitalism.

Tues 8.26.14 | 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.

 

Mon 3.17.14 | A People's History of Baseball

Mitchell Nathanson, A People's History of Baseball U. of Illinois Press, 2012

Mitchell Nathanson, The Fall of the 1977 Phillies McFarland, 2008

 

 

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Has the game of baseball developed independently of social and political forces and movements in this country? Certainly not, says Mitchell Nathanson. He traces the impact of class-based concerns, racial dynamics, labor struggles, and 1960s protest mobilizations on baseball's origins and development. Nathanson also considers the oft-propagated story of baseball as America. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 7.03.13 | Farmers' Markets: A Critique

Alison Hope Alkon, Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy, U. of Georgia Press, 2012

 

 

 

 

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Farmers' markets appear to embody many of the qualities of the much-touted green economy. Yet according to Alison Hope Alkon, they tend to reinforce racial and class inequality. Alkon contrasts a farmers' market in affluent and white North Berkeley with a now-closed market in poor and predominantly African American West Oakland. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 7.01.13 | A People's History of Baseball

Mitchell Nathanson, A People's History of Baseball U. of Illinois Press, 2012

Mitchell Nathanson, The Fall of the 1977 Phillies McFarland, 2008

 

 

 

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Has the game of baseball developed independently of social and political forces and movements in this country? Certainly not, says Mitchell Nathanson. He traces the impact of class-based concerns, racial dynamics, labor struggles, and 1960s protest mobilizations on baseball's origins and development. Nathanson also considers the oft-propagated story of baseball as America.

Mon 6.17.13 | Walter Rodney

Clairmont Chung, ed., Walter A. Rodney: A Promise of Revolution Monthly Review Press, 2012

W.A.R. Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney, a film by Clairmont Chung

Clairmont Chung's blog

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Walter Rodney, the radical historian and activist from Guyana, wrote provocatively and spoke widely about class, race, and revolution. In the process, he influenced not just Caribbean movements for freedom and self-determination but also people's struggles around the world. Clairmont Chung has produced a book and made a film about Rodney's life and thought.

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