Tag: 2013 Fall

The Fight For Immigrant Rights And The U.S. Labor Movement

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Kent Wong
“Organizing Immigrant Workers: Building a New Labor Movement for a New Working Class”
Tuesday, September 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“Immigration Reform and the Immigrant Youth Movement”
Wednesday, September 25, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, September 26, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the Labor & Working Class Studies Project and the School for Workers

KENT WONG is director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, where he teaches Labor Studies and Ethnic Studies. Kent was previously staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union, representing Los Angeles County Workers, and the first staff attorney for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.  Kent served as the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, and has also served as the national president of the United Association for Labor Education, and the University and College Labor Education Association. He is a vice president of the California Federation of Teachers, a co-chair of the California Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Labor College. Kent has published numerous books on the labor movement, union organizing, and immigrant workers and students.  He regularly addresses union, community, and student conferences throughout the country. 


Racecraft: An Elemental Form of American Life

Karen Fields
"Durkheim and Du Bois: 'The Idea of Race and the Idea of Soul'"
Tuesday, October 8, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“Soul and Race in Everyday Rituals of America Life”
Wednesday, October 9, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, October 10, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the Afro-American Studies Department

is an independent scholar and author. Dr. Fields holds degrees from Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Sorbonne. She is the author of many scholarly articles and these books: With Mamie Garvin Fields, Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir (1982), Revival and Rebellion in Colonial Central Africa (1985), and a full retranslation of Emile Durkheim's greatest book, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1995). With Barbara J. Fields, she has recently published Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life (2012), and is currently at work on Bordeaux's Africa. She lives in Richmond Virginia.


Liberation Studies North: Getting U.S. up to Speed

Roderick Watts
“Sociopolitical Development: It’s not just for Activists Anymore”
Tuesday, October 15, 4pm, 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall
“Raising The Love Child of Liberation Studies and Activism: Just Practice”
Wednesday, October 16, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, October 17, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the School of Human Ecology, and the Afro-American Studies Department

RODERICK WATTS is Professor of Social Welfare at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and Professor of Social-Personality Psychology at Graduate Center, both at the City University of New York.  As a community psychologist and a licensed clinical psychologist, his research and applied work looks at human development and social change from multiple levels of analysis. He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Community Research and Action. He recently ended a long stint as a senior associate editor for the American Journal of Community Psychology. Professor Watt has done extensive work as a consultant for program development and evaluation to schools and universities, foundations, research and public-policy organizations, on topics such as men’s development, human diversity, and sociopolitical development. His action and research activities mirror these topics along with broader interests in psycho-educational interventions, social and cultural identity, and qualitative/action research methodology. His current publications include empirical investigations of sociopolitical development theory, particularly the role of social identity and critical consciousness. The two major projects he is working on now are a three-year evaluation of the National Rites of Passage Institute which disseminates African-centered interventions for Black youth and he is currently the principal investigator for a four-year international study of youth organizing.

READINGS [additional readings available; email havensce@ssc.wisc.edu]: 

Who Counts? Inclusion in Global (Economic) Politics, Exclusion in National Politics

Robert Wade
“Emerging World Order? Economic Power and Global Governance in the 21st Century”
Tuesday, November 12, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“The Costs of Inequality: Capitalism and Democracy at Cross-Purposes”
Wednesday, November 13, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, November 14, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

is professor of political economy at the London School of Economics.  He was awarded the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2008. His book Governing the Market (Princeton University Press, 1990, 2004) won the American Political Science Association award for Best Book in Political Economy in 1992. In 2008 The Financial Times listed him as one among “fifty of the world’s most influential economists.” Before LSE he worked at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex University), Princeton, MIT, Brown, and the World Bank, and held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Russell Sage Foundation, New York, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin. He has carried out field research in Pitcairn Island, Italy, India, South Korea, Taiwan, and inside the World Bank. In recent years his research and writing has concentrated on issues of industrial policy (including in the United States); global inequality; global economic and financial governance (including the G20 and the World Bank); financial crises; and the ethics of economists. 


Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class

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Ian Haney López
“Dog Whistle POLITICS”
Tuesday, November 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“Dog Whistle RACISM”
Wednesday, November 20, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, November 21, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

IAN HANEY LÓPEZ is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. Haney López has published four books, including White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race and Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice. He has been a visiting law professor at Yale, New York University, and Harvard, and is currently writing a book entitled Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class. In 2011, Haney López received an Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the integration goals of Brown v. Board of Education.

Participatory Democracy

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Dmytro Khutkyy
"Efficient Participatory Democracy: A Model of Real Utopia"
Wednesday, November 20, 12 noon, 336 Ingraham

Co-sponsored by the Center for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

DMYTRO KHUTKYY is Professor of Sociology at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine) and representative of development of international research at Kiev International Institute of Sociology. He is currently a Carnegie research fellow in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison. His research and teaching interests cover a wide range of issues, including globalization, world inequality, macrosociology, research methodology, social groups, personality, and social activism. His current research is concerned with contemporary global trends and participatory democracy.


“Another city is possible!” Alternatives to the City as a Commodity

Yves Cabannes
"Local and Complementary Currencies and their Role in Radical Urban Transformation
Tuesday, December 3, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"Communal and Collective forms of Land Tenure and the Right to Housing"
Wednesday, December 4, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, December 5, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

YVES CABANNES is Professor and Chair of Development Planning at Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London. From 2004 to 2006 he was lecturer in Urban Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and an economist, planner and urban specialist. From 1997 until December 2003, he was the regional Coordinator of the UN Habitat/UNDP Urban Management Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has particular experience and interest in urban agriculture & Food sovereignty, local currencies, participatory planning, municipal public policies, low cost housing, participatory budgeting, community-based micro credit systems and appropriate technologies for local development. He is an advocate on development and rights issues and was the convener for the UN Advisory Group on Forced Evictions (2004 -2010) and the senior advisor to the Municipality of Porto Alegre, Brazil, for the international network on participatory budgeting. He is currently a member of the board of the International RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres for Urban Agriculture and Food Security), The World Fund for City Development (Metropolis), HuiZhi (Participation Centre, Chengdu China) and the Participatory Budgeting Project (USA).