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The Island of Chaos


Tropic of Chaos: The Catastrophic Convergence of Poverty, Violence, and Climate Change

Christian Parenti in conversation with Vijay Prashad and David Harvey

Monday, August 29, 2011 from 7-9 pm
The James Gallery
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street

Free and open to the public; reception and book signing to follow

In TROPIC OF CHAOS: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books; July 1, 2011), award-winning writer Christian Parenti argues that the new era of climate war has begun, intertwining environmental disasters, poverty, social inequality, and violence in the Global South. Parenti, historian Vijay Prashad and Marxist scholar David Harvey will discuss the historical legacy of Cold War militarism, neoliberal economic restructuring, and the convergent onset of climate change expressed as warfare, crime, repression, state failure, and a planet in peril.

About the author:

Christian Parenti is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow, a contributing editor at The Nation, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. The author of Lockdown America, The Soft Cage, and The Freedom, he has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Mother Jones, The London Review of Books, and Salon, among others. His latest book is, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, 2011).

About the panelists:

Vijay Prashad is the author of eleven books, most recently, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (The New Press, paperback 2008), which won the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize. His forthcoming books include The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso and LeftWord, 2012). His web dispatches can be read at Counterpunch (, at ZNET ( and at Pragoti (

David Harvey is Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of numerous books, including The Engima of Capital (Oxford University Press, 2010), A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005), and Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development (Verso, 2006).

Sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities at the GC and the Brecht Forum


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