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101 Changemakers

101 CHANGEMAKERS: REBELS AND RADICALS WHO CHANGED U.S. HISTORY

Celebrating the Extraordinary History of Ordinary People, Haymarket Books Launches

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

A Nonfiction Book for 5th-8th grade students |  Launch event features Changemakers Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and Barbara Young of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; with editor Dao X. Tran | Moderated by contributing author Brian Jones

Saturday, November 3, 2012
3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Puck Building, 4th Floor, 295 Lafayette Street at Houston | On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/281346175317181/

Cosponsored by the CUNY PhD Program in Urban Education, IndyKids, National Domestic Workers Alliance, New York Collective of Radical Educators, Teaching for Change  and Voices of a People’s History

IN THE GREAT tradition of Howard Zinn, 101 Changemakers offers a “people’s history” version of the individuals who have shaped our country, for middle school students. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in the United States, providing young students with new ways of understanding how history is written—and made. As the editors write:

For too many young people, history is just plain boring. History can seem like it is all about random dates and facts about powerful kings and important presidents making long-winded speeches. History can appear to be about events that happened so far in the past that they seem to have no connection to our world today. It doesn’t have to be this way. History should be exciting. It should be thrilling. It tells us the greatest stories ever told, and those stories contain lessons from the past that can help us create a better future. But we can only do that if we know who really made our history—and what exactly they did.

Changemakers include Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, Mother Jones, Fred Korematsu, Cesar Chavez, Rachel Carson, Muhammad Ali, Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, and many more—including the following book launch speakers:

Bhairavi Desai, a native of India, has been organizing taxi drivers since 1996. She is the cofounder and executive director of the 15,000-member New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) since 1998. Through organizing, direct action, legal and health services, media presence, political advocacy and the cultivation of allies and supporters—NYTWA, a multiethnic, multigenerational union—builds power for one of the most vulnerable and visible immigrant workforces in the city of New York.

Barbara Young was a domestic worker for seventeen years, and is well acquainted with both the exploitation domestic workers face—and the potential of domestic workers to organize for lasting change. She is an active member of Domestic Workers United (DWU), one of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)’s founding affiliate organizations, and has provided consistent and inspiring leadership for the NDWA since its foundation.

Michele Bollinger lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches high school social studies.

Dao X. Tran is an editor based in the Bronx, New York. Dao is currently working on the Domestic Worker Oral History Project.

For additional book information, please visit Haymarket Books
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/hc/101-Changemakers

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/101-changemakers-rebels-and-radicals-who-changed-us-history-book-launch-3-november-nyc

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‘A Dangerous Method’

BRUNO BOSTEELS ON ‘MARX AND FREUD IN LATIN AMERICA’

Bruno Bosteels on Marx and Freud in Latin America

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Combining political philosophy, art history, and literary criticism, Bruno Bosteels’s new book, Marx and Freud in Latin America, presents a sharp and highly original analysis of the continuing influence of Marxism and psychoanalysis on the continent of Latin America. Presenting ten case studies, Bosteels eloquently illustrates how art and literature have matched even the most searing of militant tracts in terms of creating radical modes of understanding subjectivity within regions that have undergone decades of political and social upheaval. Demonstrating how these cultural forms rupture binaries such as object/subject, criticism/theory, and literature/philosophy, Bosteels turns a critical eye on works ranging from detective pulp novels in Mexico to experimental film in Cuba, advancing a renewed interdisciplinary method of inquiry.

Bosteels, in conversation with Professor Federico Finchelstein, will discuss his new work, and the untimely relevance of two radical thinkers alien to the continent who inspired its activists and artists alike.

This event is sponsored by The Janey Program in Latin American Studies at the New School for Social Research and Verso Books. 

 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

6:00pm

The New School

80 Fifth Avenue, Room 529

New York, NY10011

http://www.versobooks.com/events/537-bruno-bosteels-on-marx-and-freud-in-latin-america

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/bruno-bosteels-on-marx-and-freud-in-latin-america-nyc-8-november

 

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Bette Davis

PhD/MA IN ENGLISH AND FILM STUDIES – UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

PhD/MA in English and Film Studies

University of Alberta

Application deadline: January 7, 2013

The Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for its MA and PhD graduate programs. We are a large and diverse department, with internationally-recognized strengths in many fields, including Canadian Literature, Cultural Studies, 17th, 18th, and 19th century English literature, American Studies, and modernism. We encourage innovative, interdisciplinary research, and we have a vibrant intellectual climate. Please check our department website (http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/) and the graduate section (http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/en/GraduateProgram.aspx) for a sense of the exciting work going on among our faculty, graduate students, and visitors.

We host a large number of visiting speakers each year, who help make this an exciting place to study. Recent visitors have included Patricia Yaeger, Zacharias Kunuk, Judith Halberstam, Rosemary Hennessy, Lauren Berlant, Claire Colebrook, Ann Cvetkovich, Timothy Brennan, Pheng Cheah, Srinivas Aravamudan, Alberto Toscano, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, and many, many more. Each year we invite established and emerging scholars to present in our “New Directions in Culture, Politics and Theory” (http://www.crcculturalstudies.ca/event) series. The Canadian Literature Center (http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/clc/) “brings together researchers, authors, publishers, collectors and the reading public to promote the strength and diversity of Canada’s written culture,” and the WRITE program holds dozens of readings each year as well as hosting the oldest Writer in Residence program (http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/Writer-in-Residence.aspx) in Canada. We are thrilled to have Marina Endicott as Writer in Residence this year.  Students in the graduate program also have the opportunity to participate in Banff Research in Culture (BRiC: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1210), a residency program designed for junior scholars engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. Past BRiC faculty include Lauren Berlant, Bruno Bosteels, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Catherine Malabou, Michael Hardt, and Pierre Huyghe.

There are great advantages to studying at the U of A. We offer all incoming PhD students a four year package of funding, with minimum annual guarantees of $28,000 for PhD students and $18,000 for MA students. We also have very high success rates for SSHRC and other major scholarship competitions: currently about half of our PhD students hold a major external award, including two Trudeau scholars and a Vanier scholar. We support student travel for research and conferences, and we have innovative program structures that allow students to pursue exciting and original research.  We have an active and very supportive Graduate Students of English Collective and a department culture that values graduate student participation. Our department is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate programs in English in Canada. Our most recent unit review coined our new slogan: “this is where you come if you want to do innovative work.”

Edmonton is a dynamic and growing city of more than 1 million people with a rich cultural community. With over 30 different festivals throughout the year—including its acclaimed Folk Fest and Fringe Festival—it has certainly earned its name of “Festival City.” Residents of and visitors to Edmonton can explore the beautiful river valley, where the green and gold of the fall trees inspired the University of Alberta’s own colours. Edmonton is home to over 20 theatre companies, and the new, visually inspiring Art Gallery of Alberta (http://www.youraga.ca/).  
 
The neighbourhood closest to the U of A is Old Strathcona, a bustling area with a thriving Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a lively bar scene at night. A plethora of parks appeal to the outdoor-lovers of any group and in the beautiful prairie summer months, they are the perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy the long evenings. The Alberta Legislature, the capital of the province, impresses with its manicured gardens and wading pool for cooling off in the summertime. The Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper and Banff are short drives away and excellent places to visit throughout the year.

The application deadline for this year is January 7th, 2013. You can find application information and our “tips” for applying on the website here: http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/GraduateProgram/ApplicationInfo.aspx. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about graduate study in English and Film Studies at the U of A.

Corrinne Harol, Associate Chair, Graduate Studies.
charol@ualberta.ca
780-492-4639

 

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