Tag: 2012 Spring

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

Deepa Kumar
"Constructing the Muslim Enemy: From the Crusades to 9/11"
Wednesday, February 1, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
"The Uses of Islamophobia: US Foreign Policy and the Far Right"
Thursday, February 2, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Friday, February 3, 12 noon, 8146 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies.

DEEPA KUMAR is an associate professor of Media Studies and Middle East studies at Rutgers University. Her work is driven by an active engagement with the key issues that characterize our era - neoliberalism and imperialism. Her first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, is about the power of collective struggle in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism. Her second book titled Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (forthcoming, 2012), examines how the “Muslim enemy” has been historically mobilized to suit the goals of empire. Her articles have appeared in scholarly journals as well as independent media such as MR Zine, Common Dreams, Dissident Voice, Islamophobia-Watch, Socialist Worker, ISR etc.

Readings, from Deepa Kumar, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (forthcoming):

Studying Society in the Internet-era: New Approaches to Social Research

Matthew Salganik
“Wiki Surveys: Open and Quantifiable Social Data Collection”
Tuesday, March 6, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Working Together to figure stuff out: Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science”
Wednesday, March 7, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Public workshop: “Finding the Best Ideas in the World: Practical Issues in the Uses of Wiki Surveys”
Thursday, March 8, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by GLOBAL STUDIES.

The March 8 workshop will focus on the practical issues that arise when using allourideas.org to conduct wiki surveys.  This hands-on workshop will begin by describing many of the different ways that the site has been used in the past.  Next, Salganik will describe the main steps in creating and running a wiki survey, and he will offer advice based on the experiences of groups that he has worked with in the past.  Further, he will describe the data that can be downloaded from the site for analysis.  Finally, he will describe how our open-source code (https://github.com/allourideas) can be customized for different applications, focusing on projects by the government of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (http://blog.allourideas.org/post/14248022671/governor-genro-tops-president-obama-on-citizen) and Wikipedia (http://blog.allourideas.org/post/16175975017/wikipedia-banner-challenge-results).  Theoretical and statistical issues will be described in detail at the talk on Tuesday and will only be addressed in this talk on an as needed basis.  Participants are encouraged to come with problems for which they are considering using wiki surveys.  Laptops are welcome, but not required.

MATTHEW SALGANIK is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. His interests include social networks, quantitative methods, and web-based social research. One main area of his research has focused on developing network-based statistical methods for studying populations most at risk for HIV/AIDS. A second main area of work has been using the World Wide Web to collect and analyze social data in innovative ways.  Salganik's research has been published in journals such as Science, PNAS, Sociological Methodology, and Journal of the American Statistical Association. His papers have won the Outstanding Article Award from the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the Outstanding Statistical Application Award from the American Statistical Association. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, and New Yorker. Salganik's research is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Joint United Nations Program for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Google.



Imagining a Post-Neoliberal World: Culture and Social Movements

Sujatha Fernandes
“What Comes After Neoliberalism? Collective Action and the Hybrid State in Chávez’s Venezuela”
Tuesday, March 27, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“'I’m an African': Black Aesthetics and the Making of a Hip Hop Globe”
Wednesday, March 28, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, March 29, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science


SUJATHA FERNANDES is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author, most recently, of Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (Verso, 2011). Her other books are Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke University Press, 2006) and Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2010). Fernandes has written about social movements, global hip hop, and the politics of neoliberalism in both academic journals and popular forums, including The New York Times, The Nation, The Huffington Post, and Colorlines.



The American Road to Capitalism

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Charles Post
"The American Road to Capitalism"
Thursday, March 29, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

CHARLES POST is Professor Sociology at Borough of Manhattan Community College-City University of New York. His intellectual interests include the origins of capitalism, the determinants and dynamics of working class consciousness and organization, social conflict and capitalist state policy, and the restructuring of industrial capitalist production historically. He is the author of The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class-Structure, Economic Development, and Political Conflict, 1620-1877 (Brill Academic Publishers, 2011), which has been short-listed for the 2011 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize. According to Robert Brenner, "In The American Road to Capitalism, Charles Post offers a brilliant reinterpretation of the origins and diverging paths of economic evolution in the American north and south. The first systematic historical materialist account of US development from the colonial period through the civil war in a very long time, it is sure to be received as a landmark contribution." Post has also published in New Left Review, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Historical Materialism and Against the Current. He is also a long-time activist on the socialist left and in the American Federation of Teachers.

From Wisconsin to Wall Street: Challenging the Power of the Super Rich

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Stephen Lerner
"From Wisconsin to Wall Street: Challenging the Power of the Super Rich"
Tuesday, April 10, 7 pm, Pyle Center Auditorium, 702 Langdon Street

Co-sponsored by 

STEPHEN LERNER is a labor and community organizer who has spent more than three decades organizing hundreds of thousands of janitors, farm workers, garment workers, and other low-wage workers into unions. He is the architect of the justice for janitors campaign, which has organized and helped win a union for hundreds of thousands of immigrant janitors. He has helped lead the work challenging the power of wall street and big banks, and is part of a growing movement in the us that is using non-violent civil disobedience and direct action protests to challenge corporate power. Stephen is a member of SEIU’s international executive board.

Eyes in Gaza: What did we see? What can we do?

Mads Gilbert
"Eyes in Gaza: What did we see? What can we do?"
Thursday, April 12, 7pm, 180 Science Hall

This tour has been made possible by the Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund

Recently returned from his first visit to Gaza since Israel’s Dec. ’08 – Jan. ‘09 “Operation Cast Lead,” Dr. Mads Gilbert will discuss his experiences working alongside doctors in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital during the Israeli attack and the relevance of Gaza in the broader context of US-Israeli foreign affairs today.

MADS GILBERT, M.D. Ph.D., is a specialist in anesthesiology and a leader of the emergency medicine department of University Hospital of North Norway, and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø. Gilbert is considered by many to be Norway’s most distinguished and celebrated surgeon. In addition to his research and practice at Tromsø hospital, he co-founded NORWAC, a Norwegian-Palestinian humanitarian aid organization. He has also played a central role in helping Tromsø send more health care workers to the Palestinian territories than any other city in the world. On numerous occasions since the 1970s, he has served as a doctor in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. He worked in an underground Palestinian refugee camp hospital in Beirut during the 1982 Israeli invasion and bombardment of Lebanon, and he and his colleague, Dr. Erik Fosse, were two of only a small handful of westerners in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead from Dec. 27th 2008 to January 18th, 2009.

“If You Love this Planet: A Plan to Save the Earth”

Helen Caldicott, MD
“If You Love this Planet: A Plan to Save the Earth”
Tuesday April 17, 7:30 PM, 3650 Humanities


DR. HELEN CALDICOTT has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the threats to human survival in the nuclear age and the changes in human behavior that will be needed to stop environmental destruction. Born in Australia, Dr. Caldicott worked as a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston.  In the late 1970s and early 1980s – a time when ‘winnable nuclear war’ was considered a serious US policy option – Dr. Caldicott travelled across the world giving speeches, TV and radio appearances, and writing articles and books. Her unremitting efforts contributed greatly to activating the public and to bringing about changes in nuclear policy in the US and around the world. More recently she has continued to oppose nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and other threats to the earth – like global warming – by speaking, writing and working with many organizations. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Smithsonian has named Dr Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. She is the author of several books including Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do and Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer.  Her most recent book is If You Love This Planet.

The Left in the United States: What Difference Did it Make?

Michael Kazin
"American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation"
Wednesday, April 18, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
“The Fate of Social Democracy in America”
Thursday, April 19, 12:20pm, Pyle Center Auditorium


MICHAEL KAZIN is a Professor in the Department of History at Georgetown University. He is an expert in U.S. politics and social movements, 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of five books, including: A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan; America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (co-author, Maurice Isserman), now in its fourth edition; The Populist Persuasion: An American History; Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era; and most recently, American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation. He is also co-editor of "Dissent," a leading magazine of the American left since 1954.

Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles, 1937-1941

Darryl Holter
"Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles, 1937-1941"
Monday, April 23, 12 noon, 1121 Humanities


Fighting Inequality, Poverty and the Concentration of Wealth

John Atlas
"Fighting Inequality, Poverty and the Concentration of Wealth: From ACORN to Occupy Wall Street"
Monday, April 23, 3pm, 354 Agriculture Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology

JOHN ATLAS is the author of Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Anti - Poverty Community Organizing Group.  In this talk he will look at ACORN and anti-poverty organizing since ACORN’s demise. For over 35 years, Atlas has been a public interest lawyer, activist, radio talk show host, and organizer. Holding a law degree from Boston University and a master of law from George Washington Law Center, he is an alumnus of Columbia University and recipient of the Charles Revson Fellowship. John is founder and board president of the New Jersey-based National Housing Institute/Shelterforce (NHI), a national think tank that promotes concrete strategies leading to affordable housing, urban revitalization, and a more robust and engaged civil society.

The Origins of the European Economic Crisis

Costas Lapavitsas
"Financialisation Leads to Crisis: The Turmoil of 2007-2009"
Tuesday, April 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Eurozone Crisis: The Route to Breaking Up"
Wednesday, April 25, 2pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, April 26, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by GLOBAL STUDIES

COSTAS LAPAVITSAS is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and member of Research on Money and Finance. He has worked on the political economy of money and finance, on the history of economic thought, on development economics and on the Japanese economy. He has published widely in several languages. He his the author of Political Economy of Money and Finance (Macmillan, 1999), Social Foundations of Money, Market and Credit (Routledge, 2003), and Financialised Capitalism: Expansion and Crisis (Maia Ediciones, 2009) His forthcoming publications include Financialisation in Crisis (Brill, 2012) and Financialised Capitalism (Palgrave, 2013). He has worked extensively on the global economic unrest that began in 2007, particularly on the Eurozone crisis.


The Thursday seminar will be on the subject of the Eurozone crisis and the necessary materials are the three RMF reports on the issue, which can be freely accessed on www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org. The reports contain references to all necessary readings.