Tues 2.17.15 | Race, Class, and Hurricanes

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Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy have been recent reminders of the power of massive storms to not only inundate cities and change landscapes, but to reshape or reinforce existing class and racial divisions. Historian Stuart Schwartz reflects on five centuries of hurricanes and conflict in the greater Caribbean, including the Southern United States.

Mon 2.16.15 | Studying Lifespan

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A groundbreaking study, conducted over eight decades, has shed light on what makes some of us live longer than others from the same socio-economic background -- and many of the results are quite surprising. Leslie Martin, one of the scientists involved in the Longevity Project, discusses the findings, which challenge conventional wisdom about the links between long lives and optimistic personalities, as well as marriage, divorce, religious belief, and work. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 1.27.15 through Wed 2.11.15

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Mon 1.26.15 | The Perils of Automation

Nicholas Carr, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us Norton, 2014







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We rely on automation in all aspects of our lives, from our jobs to our leisure activities. It's meant to save us time and labor and free us for other pursuits. But does automation make our lives better? Writer Nicholas Carr reflects on the darker side of automation, from mechanized warfare to deskilling on the job. He argues for a relationship between technology and work that does not leave us alienated, left in low paid jobs, or open to survelliance. 

Wed 1.21.15 | Post-Oppositional Politics

AnaLouise Keating, Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change U. of Illinois Press, 2013

Anzaldúa & Keating, eds., this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation Routledge, 2002

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People dismayed by systems of power and privilege often get oppositional; their thinking and their politics get locked in an us-versus-them binary. But is this always the best and most effective approach? AnaLouise Keating says we need to cultivate a post-oppositional mindset, one that helps us transcend, among other things, narrow versions of identity politics. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 1.20.15 | Struggles Around Precarity

Maribel Casas-Cortés, "A Genealogy of Precarity" Rethinking Marxism


Precarias a la Deriva

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To many people and activist networks in Europe, "precarity" denotes the insecurity and vulnerability experienced by workers, immigrants, tenants, unemployed people, and others as attacks on labor protections and welfare supports continue. Maribel Casas-Cortés views precarity as a toolbox concept capable of uniting diverse struggles.

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