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September 2019

Les Temps Modernes: The Early Decades

Thu, September 19 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, September 19, 2019

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$10 – $30

This class will examine the first decades of its existence, when such important works as Sartre’s What is Literature appeared in it, as well as the first installments of Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. It will focus on its political positions, as Sartre first attempted to set up a third-way party...

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A Summer of Further Discontent: Noir Fiction and the City

Thu, September 19 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, September 19, 2019

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$95 – $125

This summer our noir group will visit our old stomping grounds of Los Angeles but will begin our summer of more discontent with Narcopolis, set in Mumbai, then after two stops in L.A. go off to Glasgow before dipping south to finish our summer in Paris with the soon-to-be-published Nada.

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Capital, Volume 2, Second Sessions

Sat, September 21 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, October 26, 2019

The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$95 – $125

After solving the form that the production of wealth takes within a society where generalized commodity production prevails under the domination of capital —including the commodification of the capacities of the human subject and materials and powers of nature, the two sources of wealth, Marx takes on the next big question. How the hell can reproduction of society as a whole take place when there is no conscious social planning that insures that all needs are met and in the necessary proportions such that a continuous reproduction of the conditions of life can take place and reproduce the capitalist relations of production? By looking at capitalist social reproduction from this viewpoint, in Volume II we discover the solution to this problem while new internal contradictions and instabilities at a societal level inherent to this mode of production are explained.

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Foundations of American Bourgeois White Male Supremacy

Mon, September 23 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, December 16, 2019

The James Baldwin School, 351 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
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$110 – $140

In The Invention of the White Race Volumes I & II, Theodore W. Allen offers a historical materialist analysis of racial slavery; a system put in place in the decades following the second phase of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676 when an army of European and African chattel bond laborers burnt Jamestown to the ground and temporarily drove Governor Berkeley into exile across the Chesapeake Bay. In a conscious response to labor solidarity the plantation bourgeoisie enacted a series of laws and practices in the late 17th and early 18th century which first put in place the system of white racial privileges which enabled the imposition of racial slavery and “white” male supremacy.

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Psychology for Activists

Wed, September 25 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, November 20, 2019

The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$60 – $90

How do we integrate our understandings of how society changes and how individuals and small groups change? How do we recognize when the things getting in the way of our political effectiveness are not just the obvious obstacles but unprocessed past hurt from our own lives? How do racism, anti-Blackness, cis-hetero-patriarchy seep into our individual psychodynamics and group dynamics even as we are trying to overthrow these forms of oppression?

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Marx and Engels: Political and Historical Works, Part 1

Wed, September 25 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, December 18, 2019

The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$95 – $125 25 tickets left

As Engels stated at the grave of Marx in 1883:

“…Marx was before all else a revolutionist. His real mission in life was to contribute, in one way or another, to the overthrow of capitalist society and of the state institutions which it had brought into being, to contribute to the liberation of the modern proletariat, which he was the first to make conscious of its own position and its needs, conscious of the conditions of its emancipation. Fighting was his element. ”
Join us this May as we read early political and historical works up to the 1848 revolutionary wave.

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Earth in Crisis: Staying With the Trouble

Thu, September 26 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, November 14, 2019

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$65 – $95

This reading group will consider how climate activists and critical thinkers can maintain equilibrium and avoid despair by “staying with the trouble” —Donna Haraway’s phrase for living through planetary chaos and struggling alongside our fellow human and nonhuman beings.

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Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment

Fri, September 27 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
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$6 – $15

Morgan is both of its time and points forward to the darker popular culture that would ensue later that year and into 1968, the year of international youth revolution. Indeed, its popularity among the young may well have facilitated this radicalization, certainly within Britain. The film's depiction of madness is deliberately ambivalent. The inner logic of Morgan’s statements and his sure self-knowledge, as well as his rejection of the consumer society’s superficial trappings, mark him as the only sane character. —Jon Savage, The Guardian

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Unearthing The Grundrisse

Mon, September 30 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, December 16, 2019

Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn,
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$95 – $125

The Grundrisse is arguably a bridge that represents a unity between the early, “humanist” writings and the economics that dominated the rest of Karl Marx’s life. It thus provides both a unique introduction to his economic work and a deeper understanding of his notion of individual and social liberation.

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October 2019

4 Month Pass: now through October, 2019

Tue, October 1 @ 8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 1 of the month, repeating until Thu, August 15, 2019

An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 1 of the month, repeating until Thu, October 31, 2019

$50 – $250

For a one-time sliding scale fee of $150, $200, or $250 attend any and all classes and events of The Marxist Education Project. For $50 more ($200, $250 or $300) bring a guest as often as you would like to the classes and events between now and October 31, 2019.

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Antiquity Now: 3 Robert Graves Novels

Thu, October 10 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, January 16, 2020

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$95 – $125

To bring the dead to life
Is no great magic.
Few are wholly dead:
Blow on a dead man’s embers
And a live flame will start.
Let his forgotten griefs be now,
And now his withered hopes;
Subdue your pen to his handwriting
Until it prove as natural
To sign his name as yours…
        —To Bring the Dead to Life, Robert Graves

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Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well

Fri, October 25 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 – $15

A young executive hunts down his father’s killer in the scathing The Bad Sleep Well. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect in exposing the corrupt boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan.

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Melancholia Africana

Wed, October 30 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 – $15

...Etoke explores how diasporic Africans reconcile that which has been destroyed with what is newly introduced, framing this inherent tension as the character of Africana historical becoming. On October 30th, Etoke will read from and speak about her newly translated work while Lewis R. Gordon, who authored its new foreword, and Souleymane Bachir Diagne will address the continued relevance of its searching diagnoses.

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