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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.)

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.

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.

 

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