Tag: 2011 Spring

Politics in the Age of Scarcity

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Liza Featherstone & Doug Henwood
"The Crisis is Over: What Next?" (Doug Henwood)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Behind the Mirror: Focus Groups and What they Reveal" (Liza Featherstone)
Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

LIZA FEATHERSTONE is a contributing writer to The Nation magazine. She also writes for Slate, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, among others, and is the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart, and co-author of Students Against Sweatshops. Featherstone has been a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University, and now teaches at City University of New York and New York University.

DOUG HENWOOD is editor and publisher of Left Business Observer, a newsletter which covers a wide range of economic and political topics, including income distribution and poverty, the globalization of finance and production, and the economics of energy. Henwood is a contributing editor of The Nation, and hosts a weekly radio program on WBAI (New York). He is the author of Wall Street, The State of the USA, and After the New Economy, and is in the early stages of a book on the current American ruling class.

The Feminist Compass

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Nancy Folbre
"The Capitalist Trajectory"
Wednesday, February 23, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"The Socialist Imaginary"
Thursday, February 24, 12:20pm, location to be announced

This visit is part of an eight part series titled "RENEWING SOCIALISM FOR THE 21st CENTURY: ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM AND HOW TO GET THERE"

NANCY FOLBRE is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. In addition to numerous articles published in academic journals, she is the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009), Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard, 2009), Who Pays for the Kids?: Gender and the Structures of Constraint (Routledge, 1994) and co-editor, with Michael Bittman, of Family Time: The Social Organization of Care (Routledge, 2004). Books she has written for a wider audience include Saving State U (New Press, 2010); The Field Guide to the U.S. Economy (with James Heintz and Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, New Press, 2006 and earlier editions), The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001), and The War on the Poor: A Defense Manual (with Randy Albelda, New Press, 1996). She currently coordinates a working group on care work sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation. You can read her regular contribution to the New York Times Economix Blog at http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nancy-folbre/

READINGS

Sexuality & Socialism: Mobilizing a Radical Past for Liberation in the Present

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Dana Cloud
"Queer Theory, Socialism, and the Demand for Equality"
Tuesday, March 8, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Stonewall Lives! But Where?"
Wednesday, March 9, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Thursday, March 10, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

This visit is part of an eight part series titled "RENEWING SOCIALISM FOR THE 21st CENTURY: ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM AND HOW TO GET THERE"

DANA L. CLOUD (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1992) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies of the University of Texas, Austin. Her widely-published research includes critique of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture, the development of materialist theory and methods in communication studies, and the study of social movements. Her most recent book, We ARE the Union: Democratic Unionism and Dissent at Boeing is forthcoming next year from the University of Illinois Press.

Recommended readings:

Sherry Wolf, Sexuality and Socialism (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2009).
Rosemary Hennessey, Profit and Pleasure (NY: Routledge, 2000).

Socialist Alternatives to Capitalism

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Duncan Foley
"Marx to Hayek"
Tuesday, April 5, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"Vienna to Santa Fe"
Wednesday, April 6, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public
Thursday, April 7, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

This visit is part of an eight part series titled "RENEWING SOCIALISM FOR THE 21st CENTURY: ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM AND HOW TO GET THERE"

Co-sponsored by the Economics Department and Global Studies

DUNCAN K. FOLEY graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Mathematics in 1964, and received the Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1966. He has taught at M.I.T., Stanford, Barnard College of Columbia University, and since 1999 has been Leo Model Professor at the Economics Department of the New School for Social Research. He is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He has published in the fields of Public Finance, Macroeconomics, Money, Marxist Economic Theory, Economic Dynamics, Neo-Ricardian Economics, Growth Theory, and Complex Systems Theory and Economics. Foley's recent work includes studies of the relation of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics to economics, global warming policy, complexity theory and Classical political economy ("Unholy Trinity: Labor, Capital and Land in the New Economy", Routledge, 2003), work on the foundations of statistical method, and Marx's theory of money. He published a book on the history of political economy and economics, "Adam's Fallacy: A Guide to Economic Theology", in 2007.

READINGS

Multiracial Communities in the US: The Case of Boyle Heights

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George Sanchez
"Global Migrations into U.S. Multiracial Communities in the Early 20th Century"
Tuesday, April 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"The Role of High School Tensions in Understanding Black-Latino Interaction in the 1960s and 1970s"
Wednesday, April 20, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, April 21, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the History Department.

GEORGE J. SANCHEZ is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, and History at the University of Southern California.  He is the author of Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (Oxford, 1993), and co-editor of Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) and Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina (University of Michigan, 2009).  Past President of the American Studies Association in 2001-02, he currently serves as Director of the Center for Diversity and Democracy, and Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives at USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  In 2010, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Inc. selected him as the outstanding Latino/a faculty in higher education research institutions, and in 2011 the American Historical Association awarded him their first ever “Equity Award” for a lifelong commitment to bringing equity and diversity to the historical profession.

READINGS

Socialism & the Global South: Retrospect & Prospect

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Vivek Chibber
"Cause or Effect?: Socialism and Economic Development"
Tuesday, May 3, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"A Modernist Conceit? The Postcolonial Critique of Marxism"
Wednesday, May 4, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, May 5, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

This visit is part of an eight part series titled "RENEWING SOCIALISM FOR THE 21st CENTURY: ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM AND HOW TO GET THERE"

VIVEK CHIBBER (Ph.D. Sociology, UW-Madison) is Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. He is the author of Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton University Press, 2003), which has received numerous awards, including the 2006 Distinguished Publication Award of the American Sociological Association (honorable mention) and the 2005 Barrington Moore Jr. Prize of the ASA’s Comparative and Historical Sociology Section. He is completing a book titled, "Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capitalism," due out in Winter 2011 by Verso. The book is a critique of postcolonial theory, both as an explanatory framework and as a form of radical thought.