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Tues 4.08.14 | The Art of Politics

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What does the world of art have to do with radical politics? What connections have artists forged with other workers, and with organized labor? When museums present themselves as politically neutral, should we believe them? In his new book, Nicolas Lampert places art and artists in the context of political activism and militant dissent.

Tues 3.25.14 | Vietnam, Katrina, and Afro-Asian Relations

Joshi & Desai, eds., Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South U. of Illinois Press, 2013

 

 

 

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Focusing squarely on the Black and Vietnamese American communities in New Orleans, Marguerite Nguyen tells a story of interracial tension and panethnic solidarity in the context of US imperialism, natural and human-made disasters, model-minority rhetoric, and government neglect and abandonment.

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.)

Mon 1.27.14 | Post-Oppositional Politics

AnaLouise Keating, Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change U. of Illinois Press, 2013

Anzaldúa & Keating, eds., this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation Routledge, 2002

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People dismayed by systems of power and privilege often get oppositional; their thinking and their politics get locked in an us-versus-them binary. But is this always the best and most effective approach? AnaLouise Keating says we need to cultivate a post-oppositional mindset, one that helps us transcend, among other things, narrow versions of identity politics.

Tues 1.14.14 | Opinionated Poets

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For nearly six decades, writers from near and far have come to read their work and, in many cases, expound on social issues at events sponsored by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. Steve Dickison, the center's director, selected for this program audio highlights of James Baldwin, Robert Duncan, Jessica Hagedorn, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Margaret Randall, and Tomas Tranströmer. Dickison also provides commentary and analysis.

Tues 12.31.13 | A Look Back

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Several highlights from 2013, including David Graeber on private property; Priya Kandaswamy on the politics of "deservingness"; Ron Glass on Paulo Freire's radical pedagogy; Rashad Shabazz on prisons and disease; and Eduardo Galeano.

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