Tag: 2004 Fall

World-System Perspectives On Societal Development In Anthropology & Archaeology

Alf Hornborg
"Ecology and Unequal Exchange in Environmental History and Development Theory"
October 5, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"A World-System Perspective on Ethno-genesis and Social Stratification in Prehistoric Amazonia"
October 6, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 7, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Alf Hornborg (Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University) is Professor and Chair of the Human Ecology Division at Lund University, Sweden. Professor Hornborg is the author of many articles and several books on technology, ecology, unequal exchange, and world systems theory, including Dualism and Hierarchy in Lowland South America (1988), Negotiating Nature: Culture, Power, and Environmental Argument, with G. Pálsson (2000), and The Power of the Machine: Global Inequalities of Economy, Technology, and Environment (2001). He is currently working on a forthcoming co-edited volume from Columbia University Press titled World System History and Global Environmental Change.

The Political Economy of Transitional Planning

Pablo Levin
Commodity and Money
October 12, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Capital and Capital-differentiation
October 13, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 14, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Pablo Levín is Director of the Center for Economic Development Planning and Professor of Economics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His research and teaching focuses on the History of Economic Thought and Marxist Economics, and in particular the political economy of development planning and socialist strategy. Professor Levín is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters, as well as El capital tecnológico [Technological Capital] (1997). This book, and several recent updates, can be found at www.econ.uba.ar/ceplad (inter alia: Ensayo sobre cataláctica, Los trabajadores y la planificación, Essays on Subsystems). He is currently working with factory workers in production planning.

My Mother's God is Mine: Women's Voices and the Creation of the African American Sacred

Cheryl Gilkes
" My Mother's Song Is Mine: Sacred Musics as Discourses of Psychic Survival"
October 18, 2004, 12:00PM, 6310 Social Sciencess
"A Case Study in Cultural Narrative and Critique: The Music of Shirley Caesar"
October 19, 2004, 12:00PM, 6104 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 20, 2004, 12:05PM, 8108 Social Science

Cheryl Gilkes is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African American Studies and Director of the African American Studies Program at Colby College. Professor Gilkes’ research interests include African American religious history, race and ethnicity, African-American women, the sociology of religion, and W.E.B Du Bois. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and If It Wasn't for the Women: Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community (2000). Professor Gilkes is also an ordained Baptist minister and serves as an Assistant Pastor (for Special Projects) of the Union Baptist Church (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

The Regrounding of Cultural Analysis

Richard Flores
"On Effective Cultural Critique"
November 1, 2004, 12:00PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"We're Texas: Modernity and the Occidental Imagination"
November 2, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
Seminar for Students and Faculty
November 3, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Richard Flores is Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Anthropology and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He works in the areas of critical theory, performance studies, semiotics, and historical anthropology. He is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. He is the author of Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol (University of Texas Press, 2002) and Los Pastores: History and Performance in the Mexican Shepherd’s Play of South Texas (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995), and editor of Adina De Zavala’s, History and Legends of the Alamo (Arte Público Press, 1996). He has published essays in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Literary History, Radical History Review, and in the edited volume, Latino Cultural Citizenship, published by Beacon Press.

Elections and Protest Movements in the Struggle for Democracy

Frances Fox Piven
"Elections and Protest Movements in the Struggle for Democracy"
Thursday, November 11, 2004

Frances Fox Piven’s work reflects a preoccupation with the uses of political science to promote democratic reform. Professor Piven is a scholar-citizen, equally at home in the university and in the world of politics. Her Regulating the Poor, co-authored with Richard Cloward, is a landmark historical and theoretical analysis of the role of welfare policy in the economic and political control of the poor and working class. She also co-authored Poor Peoples' Movements (1977) which analyzes the political dynamics through which insurgent social movements sometimes compel significant policy reforms. Piven and Cloward's The New Class War (1982, updated 1985), The Mean Season (1987), and The Breaking of the American Social Compact (1997) traced the historical and political underpinnings of the contemporary attack on social and regulatory policy. In Why Americans Don't Vote (1988; updated as Why Americans Still Don't Vote in 2000) they analyzed the role of electoral laws and practices in disenfranchising large numbers of working class and poor citizens, and the impact of disenfranchisement on party development. And in 1992, Professor Piven edited Labor Parties in Postindustrial Societies.

Professor Piven's accomplishments as a scholar are intertwined with her political reform efforts. She collaborated with the late George A. Wiley, the leader of the 1960s welfare rights movement in the United States, and developed the strategy that led to a liberalization of welfare in the 1960s. These reforms resulted in a major reduction in extreme poverty, and also precipitated the current furor in the U.S. over welfare reform. She was a founder in 1983 of Human SERVE, an organization that promoted the idea that if citizens were allowed to register to vote when they apply for aid from government programs or for driver’s licenses, historic administrative encumbrances on the right to vote could be overcome. Human SERVE's approach was incorporated in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, popularly known as the motor voter bill.

Winner of the 1972 C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Professor Piven also received the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Prize in 1986 for published work which evidences social vision and commitment to social justice. In 1991, she was the recipient of the Lee/Founders Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for distinguished career-long contributions to the solution of social problems; in 1993, she received the President's Award of the American Public Health Association; in 1994, for her work in the field of voter registration reform, she received the 1994 Annual Award of the National Association of Secretaries of State, and a year later the Tides Foundation Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy. In 1995 she was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association; in 1998 she received the Mary Lepper Award from the Women's Caucus of the American Political Science Association. And in 2000 she received the American Sociological Associations Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology.

What's Class Got to do with It? American Society in the 21st Century

Michael Zweig
"Connecting Values and Interests: Are Working Class Values different from Capitalist Values?"
November 15, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"The Place of Class in Economics:
November 16, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
Seminar for Students and Faculty
November 17, 2004, 12:05PM, 8108 Social Science

Michael Zweig is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. His most recent books are What’s Class Got to Do with It?American Society in the Twenty-first Century (2004) and The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret (2000). Professor Zweig received his PhD in economics in 1967 from the University of Michigan where, as an undergraduate, he was a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and as a graduate student helped found the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE). He has a long history of social activism combined with scholarly work and has published widely in professional and general circulation journals, including The American Economic Review, The American Economist, The Review of Black Political Economy, The Review of Radical Political Economics, and Tikkun. His earlier books include Religion and Economic Justice and The Idea of a World University. Professor Zweig is active in his union, United University Professions (Local 2190, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO), and has served two terms on its state executive board. He was named "Person of the Year" by the Long Island Suffolk Times for his writing and community organizing around issues of planning, zoning, and land use.