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September 2016
$95 - $125

The German Revolution 1918-1924

Mon, September 26 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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In it’s beginnings, the revolution in Germany appears very similar to the events in Russia the year before. Why was the outcome so different? We will try to answer many questions in the course of this reading group, but that is the essential question.

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$95 - $125

Victor Serge: The Novels of Resistance

Tue, September 27 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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From Victor Serge’s arrest by the GPU in 1933 through his experience of the fall of France in 1941, he wrote the three novels we will examine this term. No prior knowledge of Victor Serge or his work in required.

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$6 - $20

See Something, Say Something (To Benefit Ramsey Orta)

Wed, September 28 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Verso Books,
20 Jay Street #1010
Brooklyn, 112101
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To “bear witness” is to speak truth in the face of power.
This event is a benefit for Ramsey Orta, who videoed the police murder of Eric Garner, and is scheduled to go to jail October 3. Tonight’s proceeds will go to Mr. Orta and his family. Verso Books has been a great partner in putting this event together. Thank you Verso!

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$95 - $125

Highlights of Marx’s Capital, Volume I

Thu, September 29 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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A 10 Session Class and Discussion with Juliet Ucelli Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Over the past 40 years, many of us have needed to work longer and longer hours—and often more than one job—in order to survive. This longer working day has also become more intense and saps more of our energy. These trends, which Marx predicted and analyzed in Capital, also make it harder for workers and activists to read Capital all the way through. Therefore, we are…

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$95 - $125

Contemporary Native American Fiction

Thu, September 29 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Join the Indigenous Studies Literature and History Group for a 10-week study of three award-winning contemporary Native American novelists—Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich’s and Sherman Alexie.

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October 2016
$5 - $95

Capital, Volume 3: A Reading Group

Sat, October 1 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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“The process of capitalist production as a whole,” this volume is concerned primarily with issues such as the internal differentiation of the capitalist class, the division of surplus value among individual capitals, and the definition and role of merchants’ capital, interest-bearing capital, and landed capital. In Part 3 Marx analyzes the tendency of the rate of profit to fall.

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$6 - $15

Victor Serge Read-In Day

Sun, October 2 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Featuring Mitch Abidor, Mallory Brooks, Silvia Federici, Jenny Greeman, Richard Greeman and Christopher Winks
Complete with a Serge Book Fair and other participation of Serge’s American publishers, Haymarket Books, New York Review Books and PM Press

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$75 - $95

Dialectics

Tue, October 4 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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We will consider the contributions of Hegel, Engels, C.S. Peirce, Einstein, and contemporary physicist such as Lee Smolin to this discussion.

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$95 - $125

Black Marxism

Tue, October 4 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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As always, capitalism has crises. Again, a new generation turns toward Marxism. How do we apply this wide ranging and controversial revolutionary tradition to our current times? Writer and professor, Cedric Robinson’s magnum opus, Black Marxism will be our lodestar for this class.

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$6 - $15

Transnational Feminism

Wed, October 12 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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In this talk, writer and researcher Basuli Deb will discuss some of the issues addressed in her book, Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Terror in Literature and Culture, which offers a transnational feminist response to the gender politics of torture and terror from the viewpoint of populations of color who have come to be associated with acts of terror.

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$6 - $15

We Make Our Own History: On Marxism and Social Movements

Tue, October 18 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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We live in the twilight of neoliberalism: the ruling classes can no longer rule as before, and ordinary people are no longer willing to be ruled in the old way.

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$6 - $15

Heavy Radicals

Thu, October 27 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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As a result of research conducted by author and historian Aaron Leonard and Conor Gallagher, including systematic filings of Freedom of Information Act requests, we now know that this “investigation” included: office break-ins, poison-pen letters, ‘bad-jacketing’ (claiming dedicated members were police agents), deportations, firings, setting organizations and individuals against one another through rumor and provocation, and informant penetration into the very top of the group’s leadership.

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November 2016
$6 - $15

Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, & the Crisis of Capitalism

Fri, November 11 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Jason W. Moore and Christian Parenti introduce a new essay collection, Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism. The book challenges the theory and history offered by proponents of the “Anthropocene” and stresses how climate change and related crises are rooted in the rise and domination of capital.

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$6 - $15

Augusto Boal’s Marxism

Mon, November 28 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Commons Brooklyn,
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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This talk by Geo Britto, a long-time collaborator with Augusto Boal and practitioner of Theater of the Oppressed, will look at how Boal formulated and created that methodology called Theater of the Oppressed. Britto will look at Boal’s early exposure, as a student in New York, to the ideas of people like Irwin Piscator, Langston Hughes, Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio, Harold Clurman and others….

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December 2016
$18 - $22

Tote Bags Fundraiser: For the MEP

Fri, December 23 @ 1:00 AM - 11:55 PM
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Good for beach, subway and demos

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