UW School of Music: Carillon TowerEstablished in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984, the A. E. Havens Center for Social Justice is dedicated to promoting critical intellectual reflection and exchange, both within the academy as well as between it and the broader society. The Center is named in honor of the late Professor of Rural Sociology, A. Eugene Havens, whose life and work embodied the combination of progressive political commitment and scholarly rigor that the Center encourages.

The traditional tasks of critical social thought have been to analyze the sources of inequality and injustice in existing social arrangements, to suggest both practical and utopian alternatives to those arrangements, and to identify and learn from the many social movements seeking progressive social and political change. These tasks are as relevant today as ever. Indeed, we face a variety of challenges, both new and enduring, that demand creative critical reflection. These include the increasingly integrated and global character of capitalist economic development, the durability of racial and gender oppressions, the threats of global environmental catastrophe, and the failure of many traditional models of progressive reform.

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Upcoming events

February 27-March 1

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SILVIA FEDERICI

SILVIA FEDERICI is an Italian-American scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor.

March 6-8

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ISABELLE FERRERAS

ISABELLE FERRERAS is a tenured fellow (Checheure qualifiée) of the Belgian National Science Foundation (F.N.R.S., Brussels). She is a professor of sociology at the Université catholique de Louvain(Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) where she teaches at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, at the Institut des sciences du travail and at the Economics School of Louvain. Isabelle is involved as a permanent researcher of the CriDIS (Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires Democracy, Institutions, Subjectivity). Since 2004, she has been an associate of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA) where she is now a Senior Research Associate. In the Spring 2017, Ferreras was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts of Belgium, Class Technology and Society.

March 13-15

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MARTHA GONZALEZ

MARTHA GONZALEZ is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist), feminist music theorist and academic. Gonzalez earned a PhD in Feminism from the University of Washington Seattle. In addition, Gonzalez holds an undergraduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Her academic interest in music has been fueled by her own musicianship as a singer and percussionist for East L.A’s Quetzal for the last 17 years. Gonzalez is currently an Assistant Professor in the Intercollegiate Chicano/a Latino/a Studies Department at SCRIPPS/Claremont College. 

The Political Economy of Liberation Struggles

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JEFFERY WEBBER
"The Rise and Decline of Latin America’s Pink Tide"
Tuesday, April 3, 4pm, 6191 Helen C. White
"Class Struggle and Social Movement: Totality, Production, and Social Reproduction"
Wednesday, April 4, 4pm, 6191 Helen C. White
Open Seminar for students, faculty, and public
Thursday, April 5, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

JEFFERY R. WEBBER is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. He sits on the editorial board of Historical Materialism and is the author of The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left (Haymarket 2017), Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America, with Todd Gordon (Fernwood, 2016), Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia (Haymarket 2012), and From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales (Haymarket 2011).

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PAUL MASON

PAUL MASON is a British commentator, radio personality, author and playwright. He was Culture and Digital Editor of Channel 4 News, becoming the programme's Economics Editor on 1 June 2014, a post he formerly held on BBC Two's Newsnight programme. He is the author of several books, including most recently PostCapitalism: A Guide to our Future, and a visiting professor at the University of Wolverhampton.