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

THE MACRO-SOCIOLOGY OF WAR

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Michael Mann
“The Causes of War”
Tuesday, February 23, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Has War Declined Through Human History”
Wednesday, February 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public
Thursday, February 25, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies

MICHAEL MANN is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Honorary Professor at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Incoherent Empire (awarded the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Prize), The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing (recipient of the ASA’s Barrington Moore Award), Fascists, and most notably the multi-volume The Sources of Social Power, the last two volumes of which (Global Empires and Revolution 1890-1945 and Globalizations 1945-2011) were published by Cambridge University Press in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

THEATER AS A LABORATORY FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION & HEALING

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Hector Aristizábal
“Theater as a Rehearsal for Social Transformation”
Tuesday, April 5, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Theater as Ritual, or the Place Where Humanity Heals”
Wednesday, April 6, 4pm, Multicultural Student Center Lounge, 2nd floor Red Gym
Nightwind
Thursday, April 7, 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Anonymous Fund, the Arts Institute, the Center for the Humanities, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, and Global Studies.

HECTOR ARISTIZÁBAL is the Founder and Artistic Co-Director of ImaginAction Theater Inc., a non-profit theatre arts organization based in Los Angeles, California. The work of ImaginAction Theater has been influenced by Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Theatre of Witness, Psychodrama, traditional storytelling, mask-making, drumming, dance and creative ritual. Through experiential workshops, theater performances and other creative events, ImaginAction invites participants to explore embodied knowledge, challenge the inevitability of violence, and use their imaginations for a more just and joyous life for all people. In Southern California, they partner with community organizations for ongoing projects with youth and their families impacted by social injustice. They have also taken their unique blend of theatre arts throughout North America and beyond, to Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Palestine, Northern Ireland, Guatemala, China, England, Italy, Spain, Euskadi, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, France, Austria, Georgia, Croatia, and the Netherlands, among other countries.

THE GREAT RECESSION IN PERSEPCTIVE

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Ruth Milkman
“Women’s Work & Economic Crisis Revisited: Comparing the Great Recession & the Great Depression”
Monday, April 11, 4pm, 5141 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Dr.
“A New Political Generation? Millennials & the Dynamics of the Post-2008 Cycle of Protest”
Tuesday, April 12, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public
Wednesday, April 13, 12:20pm

Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies

RUTH MILKMAN is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, where she teaches Labor Studies and also serves as Research Director. Milkman is a sociologist of labor and labor movements who has written on a variety of topics involving work and organized labor in the United States, past and present. Her early research focused on the impact of economic crisis and war on women workers in the 1930s and 1940s. She then went on to study the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry and its impact on workers and their union in the 1980s and 1990s. More recently she has written extensively about low-wage immigrant workers in the U.S., analyzing their employment conditions as well as the dynamics of immigrant labor organizing. She is the author or co-author of a dozen books, including Gender at Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex during World War IIFarewell to the Factory: Auto Workers in the Late Twentieth CenturyL.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement, and Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy (with Eileen Appelbaum).

THE AFFECTIVE DOMAIN: LOVE, CARE & SOCIAL JUSTICE – SOCIOLOGICAL & EDUCATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

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Kathleen Lynch
“Love & Care Matters”
Tuesday, April 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“The Academy, Managerialism & Education – Creating new Subjects”
Wednesday, April 20, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public
Thursday, April 21, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies

KATHLEEN LYNCH is Professor of Equality Studies at University College Dublin. She has played a leading role in founding the UCD Equality Studies Centre and the UCD School of Social Justice. She has co-authored a number of major texts on equality (Equality: From Theory to Action, 2004, 2nd ed. 2009) and on care and justice (Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice, 2009). Her most recent book was co-authored with Bernie Grummell and Dympna Devine, titled New Managerialism in Education: Commercialization, Carelessness and Gender (2012, 2nd ed. 2015). She is currently undertaking theoretical research on the concepts of love, care and solidarity and their relationship to social justice. She is also leading a study titled Equality in Practice: Studies in Working, Learning and Caring, and is the Irish partner in a study of Solidarity in Europe (2015-2018) involving 12 European countries.

The Value Crisis of Cognitive Capitalism

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Michel Bauwens
“The Value Crisis of Cognitive Capitalism, and How to Solve It”
Wednesday, April 27, 3:30pm, 8417 Social Science

MICHEL BAUWENS is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He is currently Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Bauwens has also served as research director of the transition project towards the social knowledge economy, an official project in Ecuador, and of the floksociety.org research group, which produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador aimed at creating a “social knowledge economy.” During the spring 2016 semester, Bauwens is an Activist-in-Residence Writing Fellow with the Havens Center.