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Established in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984, the A. E. Havens Center for the Study of 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.
“Latino Republicans: Oxymoron or Future of Conservative Movement?”
Tuesday, March 11, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“How Does It Feel? Race, Representation, and Diversity on the Right”
Wednesday, March 12, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Thursday, March 13, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science
Co-sponsored by Global Studies and Chican@/Latin@ Studies
CRISTINA BELTRÁN is associate professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Currently, she is a Member in the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. A political theorist by training, she is the author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity (Oxford University Press, 2010). The Trouble with Unity won several awards, including the 2011 Ralph Bunche Award from of the American Political Science Association and Cuba’s Casa de la Américas prize for the best book on the subject of Latinos in the United States. Her work has appeared in Political Theory, Aztlán, Politics & Gender, Political Research Quarterly, the Du Bois Review, Contemporary Political Theory, and various edited volumes. Her current book project uses affect and aesthetic theory to analyze the politics of the Right, particularly the growing presence of Latino conservative organizations and leaders.
Rev. William Barber II
"ON THE PEOPLE'S MORAL AGENDA: ANTI-RACISM, ANTI-POVERTY, PRO-LABOR"
Thursday, March 13, 7pm, Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue
Featuring a music and cultural event, featuring Gospel song powerhouse Yara Allen and the Solidarity Sing Along.
Please park in the City of Madison public ramp/State Street Capitol Ramp, located on the corner of Carroll and Johnson Streets. Very limited parking in the Bethel lot ONLY for those people with handicapped needs or mobility concerns. Drop offs to be done at front of the church on Wisconsin Avenue only please-do not use lot for that.
For more information, contact Patrick Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER is President of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and co-founder and leader of the Moral Monday Movement, a multiracial, multi-issue social justice movement that has mobilized thousands of North Carolinians in mass protests. Rev. Dr. Barber, along with local, state, and national NAACP leaders, has helped to lead the fight for voter rights, just redistricting, health care reform, labor and worker rights, protection of immigration rights, and reparation for women survivors of Eugenics, release of the Wilmington Ten and educational equality. Rev. Dr. Barber has been arrested three times for civil disobedience as he stood for educational, economic and equal justice. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award and the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest citizenship award. Rev. Dr. William Barber Jr. is a graduate of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, N.C and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Doctoral degree from Drew University. He is the former executive director of the North Carolina Human Relations Commission.
Co-sponsored by: South Central Federation of Labor - Teaching Assistants Association Executive Board - Wisconsin NAACP - Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice - Student Labor Action Coalition - Fountain of Life Church - Center on Wisconsin Strategy - American Federation of Teachers Wisconsin - Havens Center for the Study of Social Justice - Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons - Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice - Madison Urban Ministry - Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures - Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development -
The Labor & Working Class Studies Project (LWCSP) is a collaborative campus-labor-community initiative to connect the campus and the community in dialogue and action on issues related to labor and working class people. The LWCSP is a member of the Working Class Studies Association.
"Neural Politics: Cognitive and Material Power"
Monday, March 24, 7pm, UW Memorial Union (see TITU for room number)
Co-sponsored by the Forward Institute and the Wisconsin Freedom Campaign (Wisconsin Grassroots Network, MTEA, MTI, Institute for Wisconsin's Future, United Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, The Progressive Magazine, and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign)
GEORGE LAKOFF is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan, and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. He spent over a decade as senior fellow at the Rockridge Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Berkeley, Calif. Professor Lakoff is a founder of the fields of Cognitive Science and Cognitive Linguistics. He has published hundreds of technical articles, as well as books on Linguistics, Politics, Psychology, Poetics, Philosophy, and Mathematics. He specializes in the study of the mind and language, and has published the following books in that area: Metaphors We Live By (with Mark Johnson); Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things; More than Cool Reason (with Mark Turner); Philosophy in the Flesh (with Mark Johnson); and Where Mathematics Comes From (with Rafael Núñez). He is also the country’s leading expert on the framing of political discourse. His books on politics include the best selling Don’t Think of an Elephant!; The Political Mind; Moral Politics; Thinking Points; and Whose Freedom? His current technical research is on the theory of how the neural circuitry of the brain gives rise to thought and language.
“‘An Endless Series of Catastrophes’ Hannah Arendt, Rosa Luxemburg & the Question of Plurality”
Wednesday, March 26, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Co-sponsored by the Harvey Goldberg Center
ELENI VARIKAS is professor emerita of political theory and gender studies at the Université Paris 8/Saint-Denis and researcher at the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris Cresppa (CNRS). She has lectured in several universities in Europe, the US and Brazil. Her articles and books on intellectual history, feminist theory, and the figure of the pariah have been published in several languages. Her recent publications include Les Femmes de Platon à Derrida; Sous les Sciences Sociales le Genre: Relectures Critiques de Max Weber à Bruno Latour; “Genre, Modernités et ‘Colonialité’ du Pouvoir,” Cahiers du Genre, n° 50 (2010); Les Rebuts du Monde. Figures du Paria; and Penser le Sexe et le Genre.
“Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy”
Thursday, March 27, 4pm, 3401 Sterling Hall
Co-sponsored by Havens Center for the Study of Social Justice, Groundwork, Center for Research on Gender and Women, First Unitarian Society, Afro-American Studies Department, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and the YWCA.
CHRIS CRASS is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. He has been an organizer with Food Not Bombs, helped launch Catalyst Project, was a co-founder of the Colours of Resistance network and Heads Up Collective, and a member of the Against Patricarchy Men's Group. Chris is the author of Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy.
“A Critical History of Socio-Political Modernity: Foucault, Marx and the Project of Human Emancipation”
April 8, 2014, 4pm, Curti Lounge (Humanities Building, Room 5243)
Co-sponsored by the Havens Center, the University Lectures Committee, the Goldberg Center, the Geography Department, the Department of European Languages and Literature, the Department of History, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities
JACQUES BIDET is Professor emeritus at the University of Paris-Nanterre. He is a reputed social theorist, philosopher and historian, who has done path-breaking work on both the origins and theory of modernity. Specifically, while many scholars focus on the idea of capitalism as being at the heart of modernity, Bidet theorizes modernity in terms of three layers, organization, market and a world system of nation-states. Through this more complex theorization, he is able to show both how the above structures and system reproduce hierarchies and domination and also how the ideas associated with these structures, such as equality and freedom, which are essential for the functioning of the market, make possible an oppositional politics with transformative potential.
"'The Fiscal Crisis of the State’ Revisited"
Wednesday, April 9, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"Has Capitalism Seen Its Day?"
Thursday, April 10, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Friday, April 11, 12 noon, 8146 Social Science
Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy
WOLFGANG STREECK is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany, and Theodor Heuss professor at the New School for Social Research, New York. From 1988 to 1995 he was Professor of Sociology and Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His latest publications include: Gekaufte Zeit. Die vertagte Krise des demokratischen Kapitalismus, Politics in the Age of Austerity, and Re-Forming Capitalism: Institutional Change in the German Political Economy.
“The Transformation of Moral Consciousness”
Tuesday, April 15, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Experiments in Political Economy”
Wednesday, April 16, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Thursday, April 17, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science
Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the UW Philosophy Department
ELIZABETH ANDERSON is John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she has taught since 1987. After earning a B.A. at Swarthmore College in 1981 (Philosophy major, Economics minor), she studied under John Rawls at Harvard University, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1987. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Anderson was elected Vice-President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2013. In 2011 she became inaugural Director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, a program she created in collaboration with colleagues in Political Science and Economics. She is the author of Value in Ethics and Economics (Harvard UP, 1993), The Imperative of Integration (Princeton UP, 2010), and numerous articles, widely reprinted, in journals of philosophy, law, and economics. Her research ranges across several areas,including egalitarianism, democratic theory, antidiscrimination law, pragmatism, value theory, social epistemology, feminist epistemology and philosophy of science, critical race theory, and theories of rationality and social norms. She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism from the Levellers to the present.
"Money in American Politics: The Past"
Tuesday, April 22, 4 pm, 206 ingraham
"Money in American Politics: Back to the Future?"
Wednesday, April 23, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, April 24, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science
Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
THOMAS FERGUSON is Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and taught formerly at MIT and the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money Driven Political Systems, and Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics (with Joel Rogers). His articles have appeared in many scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Economic History. He is Contributing Editor at AlterNet, Contributing Editor to The Nation, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Historical Society and the International Journal of Political Economy. He is also Director of Research at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a member of its Advisory Board.
"A wall in Jerusalem: Hope, healing, and the struggle for peace in Israel and Palestine"
Monday, May 5, 7pm, Pyle Center
Co-sponsored by Edgewood College-School of Integrative Studies, The Havens Center and Bright Stars of Bethlehem.
MARK BRAVERMAN is the author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land, which traces his journey as a Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel, and A wall in Jerusalem: Hope, healing, and the struggle for peace in Israel and Palestine. His writings, blog, and sermons can be found at www.markbraverman.org. Braverman is a cofounder of Friends of Tent of Nations North America, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Palestinian land rights in historic Palestine. He serves on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America and has consulted to the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA and to the Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.
Camp Upham Woods, May 23-25, 2014
Over Memorial Day weekend, 2014, the Havens Center will be hosting RadFest, a weekend of conversations among activists and academics on a wide range of topics concerning social justice, social transformation and social research.
The conference will take place at Camp Upham Woods, located on the Wisconsin River near the Dells.
This is a participant-driven conference – anyone can call for a session on any topic. Think of it this way: if there is a conversation you will regret not having, then give it a name, provide a few sentences to describe what you are interested in talking about, and we will schedule a time and place for the conversation. Additional conversations can be scheduled at the conference itself, but it would be good to have at least some lined up ahead of time.
There will also be time for hiking and canoeing, bonfires and music making, and relaxed discussion of important issues. Anyone interested is invited to participate - undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, political activists, community members.
Free childcare and a children's program will be provided for children during sessions.
The conference will begin on Friday evening, May 23, at 6pm, and end late afternoon on Sunday the 25th. One-day options are also available. Registration on-line is now available.
The cost for five meals and two nights lodging will be $65-100/person, depending upon income and lodging preference.
For more information, contact Erik Olin Wright at email@example.com or Patrick Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.