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September 2017

A People’s History of the World

Sat, September 23 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Orchard Street, Newark, NJ classroom, Orchard Street
Newark, NJ United States
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$45 - $140

The goal of the course is not to understand every moment or every place in global history, but to use a Marxist perspective to understand major trends and significant junctures in world history, and how those trends and junctures have shaped our present.

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Marx’s Grundrisse

Sat, September 23 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$85 - $115

to understand our society we need to do more than reading and accepting his concepts, we must critically analyze them and look for the way of thinking that produced them. It is with this goal in my mind that we should embark on a journey through the long and complex sentences of The German Ideology and the Grundrisse.

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Science, Politics, and Culture in the Anthropocene

Mon, September 25 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$75 - $105

...taking the measure of industrialization and commodification, which have derailed the Earth beyond the stable parameters of the Holocene, and of the need to give our freedom different material foundations; it means mobilizing new environmental humanities and new political radicalisms (movements for common goods, transition, degrowth, eco-socialism and many more) in order to escape the blind alleys of industrial modernity.

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Marx’s Theories of Surplus Value

Thu, September 28 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$100 - $140

These notebooks written in the years 1861-63 are perhaps one of the first and most thorough analysis of the history of economic thought. We will enter Marx’s laboratory to see how he reads and criticizes other writers from Hobbes and Locke in early bourgeois ideological formation to the physiocrats, Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Bailey and many others.

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October 2017

The Politics of the Unconscious: Last Session

Sun, October 1 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
New Perspectives Theatre, 456-458 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$10 - $15

Through theory and practice we will examine the psychoanalytic concept of the unconscious in the late 19th to 20th century. Starting with the fin-de-siècle Parisian hospital Salpêtrière, we will touch upon the historical resonances of the invention of mental pathology, and aesthetic forms that resonance has instigated.

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The Politics of the Unconscious: Last Dance/Last Supper

Sun, October 1 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
New Perspectives Theatre, 456-458 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$10 - $15

The jaws of my mind are in perpetual motion. —Salvador Dali, Gastro Esthetics
The spectacle corresponds to the historical moment at which the commodity completes the colonization of social life.
Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle

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Whose Cities? Our Cities!

Tue, October 3 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$85 - $115

The class that built and continues to build New York City can no longer afford to live here. Meanwhile, the international bourgeoisie with hyper capital accumulation, perch themselves in luxurious multi-roomed lofty palaces as occasional residences. Our aim is to gain the historical and theoretical understanding that can inform our fight to wrest control of our cities from the capitalist class, and to discuss how cities can be reorganized to meet our human needs with a sustainable urban ecology.

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Highlights of Marx’s Capital, Volume One

Wed, October 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$75 - $105

Many of us have less time to study it because, as Marx predicted, we have to work longer hours— and often more than one job—in order to survive. Fortunately, even a basic familiarity with the key concepts of the first Volume of Capital offers many tools for understanding capitalism’s dynamics.

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Institute For Radical Imagination Fall Term Begins

Sat, October 7 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Begins October 7 The Institute can be reached via: Email: info@radicalimagination.institute Phone: 718–687-0864 https://radicalimagination.institute/events-directory/  

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Political Writings of Marx and Engels

Sat, October 7 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$75 - $95

This reading group will delve into a selection of Marx and Engels’ political writings to gain both a better understanding of the history of working-class and socialist struggles of their times, and explore lessons for our political organizing now. This tasks takes on a special urgency in light of the events in Charlottesville and the increased visibility of racist, anti-Semitic and white supremacist ideologies.

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Caribbean Literature: Breaking bonds before and after betrayed revolutions

Thu, October 12 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$85 - $115

“And I say that between colonization and civilization there is an infinite distance; that out of all the colonial expeditions that have been undertaken, out of all the colonial statutes that have been drawn up, out of all the memoranda that have been dispatched by all the ministries, there could not come a single human value.”
` —Aimé Césaire
Following our discourse on his groundbreaking discourse we will consider three novels on the colonized Caribbean, long engaged in revolutionary struggle.

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Paradoxes of Exchange Society

Sat, October 14 @ 3:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Verso Books, 20 Jay Street #1010
Brooklyn, 112101
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$6 - $15

“Paradoxes of Exchange Society,” inquires into the social contract that is both presupposed and reproduced in all human exchange. As the title of Kluge’s film indicates, the exposition of Nachrichten aus der ideologischen Antike (News from Ideological Antiquity) seeks to constitute an antiquity appropriate to today’s challenges.

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The October Revolution of 1917

Mon, October 16 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, November 20, 2017

Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn,
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$55 - $75

,,,since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, defenders of the capitalist order, including respectable academic scholars, have attempted to portray it as a coup d’état by a small minority of revolutionary zealots, bent on imposing an authoritarian regime. These falsehoods have the aim of discrediting not only this revolution and its leaders, but the idea of revolution in general.

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Trumping Trump: The New Wave of Resistance

Fri, October 20 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 - $15

Charlie, Janet and Jodeen will offer a different vision of a universalizing resistance based on our diversity and opposition to an intersectional system of domination—militarized capitalism.

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Is Another World Really Possible?

Sun, October 22 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, repeating until Sun, December 10, 2017

New Perspectives Theatre, 456-458 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$95 - $125

We need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. So let’s imagine we are future historians living in a peaceful, egalitarian, democratic society on a damaged, but stabilized, planet in the year 2117.

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