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.

Wed 3.26.14 | Shortening the Work Week, Moving Beyond Work

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More than a century ago, the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, called for the four-hour workday.  Should we be considering something similar now? Kathi Weeks explores why radicals should envision a world where work is not central to our existence. She also discusses cutting the work week, without a cut in pay, and a basic guaranteed income.

Wed 1.15.14 | Wolff's Influences; Gramsci's Ideas

Richard Wolff speaking in Berkeley tonight

Joseph Buttigieg

Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks, vols. 1-3, edited and translated by J. Buttigieg, Columbia U. Press, 1992-2007

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Which thinkers and what ideas influenced Richard Wolff's development as a radical economist, teacher, and author? Wolff found the writings of the Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci compelling; Joseph Buttigieg is one of the leading scholars of Gramsci in the US.

Mon 8.05.13 | Robin Kelley on Aimé Césaire

Robin Kelley, "A Poetics of Anticolonialism," Monthly Review

Robin Kelley, Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times Harvard U. Press, 2012

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Colonialism in both its traditional and contemporary versions is not just about power and coercion: it's about how the "other" is thought and talked about. Aimé Césaire took a radical anticolonial stance inflected with surrealist and Marxist notions. Robin D. G. Kelley discusses Césaire's ideas and their relevance for today.

Mon 12.31.12 | Victor Serge: Conscience of a Revolution

Victor Serge, Memoirs of a Revolutionary NYRB, 2012 

Richard Greeman, Beware of Vegetarian Sharks Lulu, 2009



Victor Serge lived a remarkable life in the cause of revolution. Translator and biographer Richard Greeman reflects upon the journalist, novelist, and poet's anarchist youth in France with the Bonnot Gang, his involvement in the Bolshevik Revolution, his imprisonment in Stalin's gulag, and his enduring dissident or libertarian Marxism during some of the darkest days of the 20th century. He discusses Serge's belief in the double duty of the revolutionary: to protect the revolution from threats from without, and to defend it from authoritarianism within.

Wed 8.29.12 | Selma James on Class and Gender

Many on the left see the working class as the primary agent of radical change. Where does this leave people like housewives and others whose work goes uncompensated? Selma James sees unwaged work as crucial to capitalism's operation and continuation. She addresses the relationship between gender and class, and examines power relations within the working class. (Encore presentation.)

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