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Frances Fox Piven

FRANCES FOX PIVEN BOOK EVENT

Book Reception: Frances Fox Piven, Monday, October 10th, 2011, 6:00-8:00PM, 25 Broadway 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004

The sociologist and political scientist Frances Fox Piven and her late husband Richard Cloward have been famously credited by Glenn Beck with devising the “Cloward/Piven Strategy,” a world view responsible, according to Beck, for everything from creating a “culture of poverty” and fomenting “violent revolution” to causing global warming and the recent financial crisis. Called an “enemy of the people,” over the past year Piven has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign of hatred and disinformation, spearheaded by Beck.

How is it that a distinguished university professor, past president of the American Sociological Association, and recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her work on behalf of the poor and for American voting rights, has attracted so much negative attention? For anyone who is skeptical of the World According to Beck, here is a guide to the ideas that Glenn fears most.

Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? is a concise, accessible introduction to Piven’s actual thinking (versus Beck’s outrageous claims), from her early work on welfare rights and “poor people’s movements,” written with her late husband Richard Cloward, through her influential examination of American voting habits, and her most recent work on the possibilities for a new movement for progressive reform. A major corrective to right-wing bombast, this essential book is also a rich source of ideas and inspiration for anyone interested in progressive change.

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the author of the bestselling Poor People’s Movements, Regulating the Poor, and Why Americans Don’t Vote (with the late Richard A. Cloward), as well as The War At Home, Keeping Down the Black Vote, and many other books. She lives in New York City.

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Education Crisis

TEACH-IN ON THE ECONOMIC CRISIS, THE UNIVERSITIES AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Organised by the Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements, University of Glasgow

Email: gziinfo@udcf.gla.ac.uk

Saturday 15th October 2011 10am–4.00pm

10-12.30

Professor Christine Cooper : ‘Banks, Debts and fictitious capital ‘

Professor Willy Maley : ‘Balancing the Books Behind Closed Doors: The New Managerialism’

Professor Hillel Ticktin : ‘Capitalism in crisis’

14.00-16.00

Professor Greg Philo: ‘Privatise the national debt’

Dr Des Freedman: ‘Assault on  Universities? Government plans for 21st C. higher education’

Dr Terry Brotherstone: Title t.b.a.

Venue: The Cinema

School of Culture & Creative Arts

Glasgow University

9 University Avenue

Glasgow G12 8QQ

All welcome. Registration Free

Please note: if you are interested in supporting The Campaign for a Public University, you should send your details to altwhitepaper@live.co.uk.

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Marx and Education

LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY 2011–2012

The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. Following a successful series in 2010/11, the London Seminar on Contemporary Marxist Theory in 2011/12 will continue to explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by Marxist interventions in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis. It is open to all.

2011/12 Seminar Series

12th October, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

Alex Callinicos (King’s College, London)

Slavoj Zizek and the Critique of Political Economy

9th November, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

David McNally (York University, Toronto)

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism

14th December, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

Jairus Banaji (SOAS)

Retotalizing Fascism: reading Arthur Rosenberg through Sartre’s ‘Critique’

The schedule for 2012 will be made available at a later date.

Speakers will include Susan Marks (LSE)

For further information, please contact: Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s College London: alex.callinicos@kcl.ac.uk

Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s College London: stathis.kouvelakis@kcl.ac.uk

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: cl5@soas.ac.uk

Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

 

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