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Event Series Marx’s Grundrisse: Notebook VII

Marx’s Grundrisse: Notebook VII

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

An ongoing group conducting a page-by-page reading of Karl Marx's Grundrisse, a work that can be seen as a veritable "laboratory" in which we can observe Marx in the very process of unfolding his dialectical investigation of the movement of capitalist social and economic forms. In 2023 we will be working our way through Notebook VII, the final part of the book that includes the widely discussed "Fragment on Machines."

Free – $90.00

The Politics of the Other: New Visionary Fiction

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The Science and Visionary Fiction Reading Group spring season takes on three of the most richly inventive and deeply challenging novels of our time. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness Cixin Liu, Three-Body Problem Adrian Tchaikovsky, Children of Time All three create and adapt new worlds to explore themes of existential species ... Read more

Free – $90.00
Event Series Animals at Work Under Capitalism

Animals at Work Under Capitalism

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

A discussion and reading group on the central role of human and nonhuman animal labor in the capitalist economy, both historically and today. What are the anthropocentric premises underlying mainstream understandings of labor in Marxist theory? How might we expand our thinking to include the multiple forms of nonhuman labor necessary for capitalism? What kinds of labor do nonhuman animals provide in production, and on what cultural, ideological and economic bases is work divided among people, nonhuman animals and machines?

Free – $90.00

‘The Man Who Changed Colors’

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Video available at https://youtu.be/ABOczzUs8nQ
Bill Fletcher Jr's 'The Man Who Changed Colors' delves into the complicated relationships between Cape Verdean Americans and African Americans, Portuguese fascist gangs, and abusive shipyard working conditions. When a dockworker falls to his death under strange circumstances, investigative journalist David Gomes is on the case. His dogged pursuit of the truth puts his life in danger and upends the scrappy Cape Cod newspaper he works for.

Free – $12.00

Reading Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

A close reading over 10 weeks of W.E.B. Du Bois's classic work, Black Reconstruction, with Sean Ahern. The book provides a basis for a much overdue revolution in US labor history. As Du Bois so eloquently and bluntly put in in 1935: “The South, after the war, presented the greatest opportunity for a real national labor movement which the nation ever saw or is likely to see again for many decades. Yet, the labor movement, with but few exceptions, never realized the situation. It never had the intelligence or knowledge, as a whole, to see in black slavery and Reconstruction, the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States.”

Free – $90.00

Reading Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

A close reading over 10 weeks of W.E.B. Du Bois's classic work, Black Reconstruction, with Sean Ahern. The book provides a basis for a much overdue revolution in US labor history. As Du Bois so eloquently and bluntly put in in 1935: “The South, after the war, presented the greatest opportunity for a real national labor movement which the nation ever saw or is likely to see again for many decades. Yet, the labor movement, with but few exceptions, never realized the situation. It never had the intelligence or knowledge, as a whole, to see in black slavery and Reconstruction, the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States.”

Political Writings of Marx and Engels III

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Discussion of texts by Marx and Engels on India, China, and European colonialism; essays on the Civil War in the United States; documents related to the International Workingmen's Association; Marx's classic The Civil War in France and related essays; polemics against Bakunin; and Marx's correspondence about the rise of the workers' political party in Germany, including his Critique of the Gotha Program.

Free – $90.00

“We’re Going on an Adventure”: Summer Visionary Fiction

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

The MEP's Science and Visionary Fiction Reading Group will read Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Ruin this summer.  The catchphrase, "We're going on an adventure," signals the novel's overlapping themes of contemporary significance--desperate efforts to escape war and corporate destruction on Earth, species-level competition to make new homes elsewhere, and the varieties and the social significance ... Read more

$30.00 – $50.00

Summer with Hegel: The Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit

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A seven-week summer course with Alex Steinberg that concludes our ongoing studies of Hegel's mysterious work, The Phenomenology of Spirit. We will do a close reading of the Preface to the Phenomenology , a work that can be read on its own and is considered the most succinct and comprehensive statement of Hegel's philosophy.

Free – $50.00