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.


Wed 7.09.14 | When TV Goes Colorblind

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Conservative racial discourse often advances the notion of colorblindness, a notion that Sarah Nilsen sees promoted, ironically, in television shows with distinctly liberal viewing audiences. Nilsen describes the relationship between television and right-wing racial rhetoric; she also examines how race and race relations are portrayed in the hit TV series Mad Men.

Wed 5.28.14 | The American Counter-Revolution?

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Gerald Horne sees the colonists' revolt of 1776 not as a noble struggle for liberty and independence but as a counter-revolution, one waged by this nation's Founding Fathers to defend their right to enslave Africans. The white settlers rose up, argues Horne, in the face of growing evidence that London was moving toward abolition.

Mon 5.26.14 | The Panthers' Medical Activism

Alondra Nelson, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination U. of Minnesota Press, 2011





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The Black Panther Party left a rich legacy of militant and innovative organizing. Yet one component of their work is largely forgotten. Sociologist Alondra Nelson discusses the Black Panther Party's medical activism, from setting up free clinics to screening for sickle cell anemia. She situates its work within a long tradition of African American health advocacy and considers its legacy forty years on. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 4.29.14 | Race, Gender, Intersectionality

HoSang, LaBennett & Pulido, eds., Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century UC Press, 2012

Omi & Winant, Racial Formation in the United States (2d ed.) Routledge, 1994

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According to Priya Kandaswamy, race is socially constructed, and that process takes place within a heavily gendered context. In fact, she asserts, race is fundamentally inseparable from gender, sexuality, and class, and social movements (and many feminist activists) ignore this fact and its implications at their peril. (Encore presentation.)

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.

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