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September 2014

Hegel’s Science of Logic

Fri, September 19, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Every Friday through December 12
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$95 – $125
Hegel's Science of Logic

Hegel’s Science of Logic is considered by many the most important and developed of all of Hegel’s works. It is essential for understanding Hegel’s other works and therefore it is essential for understanding the works of Marx and Engels as well.

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Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx Volume 1

Sun, September 28, 2014 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Every Sunday ending December 14
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$95 – $125
Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx Volume I

Marx’s Capital remains the fundamental text for understanding how capitalism works. By unraveling the commoditized forms of our interactions with nature and each other, it provides tools to understand capitalism’s astounding innovativeness and productivity, intertwined with growing inequality and misery, alienation, stunting of human potential, and ecological destruction all over the globe.

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The Long French Revolution in Literature and Life: 1789-1871

Mon, September 29, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
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Every Monday through December 15
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$95 – $125
The Long French Revolution in Literature and Life: 1789-1871

For Marxist and democratic historians, France remains the ‘model’ country for the analysis of class struggles and political revolutions, which overthrew the established order in 1789, 1830, 1848 and 1871 (and profoundly threatened the bourgeois order again in 1968). We will examine these successive revolutions chronologically through the eyes of both radical historians and novelists.

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Spectres of the Dialectic from the Big Bang to the Multiverse: Explorations with Hegel, Marx & Engels on the Philosophy of Nature

Tue, September 30, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$95 – $125
Spectres of the Dialectic from the Big Bang to the Multiverse

Through writings, videos, and other media we will engage in issues in modern physics and biology that get to the core of the current crisis in science and take us beyond the limitations of the mechanical picture of the world we have inherited.

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October 2014

The Science and Politics of our Ecological Crisis

Thu, October 2, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Every Thursday through November 20
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$75 – $95
The Science & Politics of Our Ecological Crisis

A Marxist approach will be taken to explain the origins of modern science as a cultural production of our socio-economic system, in order to examine the roots of our ecological crisis.

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Fanon Black Skin, White Masks with Kazembe Balagun

Fri, October 3, 2014 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Every Friday through December 5
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$95 – $125
Fanon: Black Skin White Masks

A Reading and Writing Group on the Seminal Work of Frantz Fanon With deft analysis and radical fervor, Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was the patron saint of the revolutionary movements of the global south. As a psychiatrist and writer he played a key part in the liberation of Algeria. His seminal work Wretched of the Earth is still considered “The Handbook of Black Revolution” and influenced everyone from the Black Panthers to cultural workers like film maker Gillo Pontecorvo, Marlon Riggs…

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The Origins and Development of Bolshevism: 1900-1914

Mon, October 6, 2014 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Monday Sessions
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$95 – $125
The Origins and Development of Bolshevism

11 Sessions Starts October 6, 2014 5:30-7:30pm at The Brooklyn Commons $95-125 (no one turned away for inability to pay) This course will explore the evolution of Bolshevik theory and organizational practice in the 15-year period leading up to the 1914 outbreak of World War One. We will seek to understand their praxis with reference to the Russian context and the Second International’s Social Democratic Marxism, and explore its applicability to our context today. The Revolutions Study Group is a…

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November 2014

Tlatelolco in 1968, Guerrero Today: The State and Mass Murder in Mexico

Sat, November 1, 2014 @ 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
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$10 – $20
Tlatelolco in 1968, Guerrero Today

On September 26, 43 students at a rural teachers’ college in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, disappeared after a confrontation with police who opened fire on them.

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Precarious Labor, Precarious Lives Reading Group

Sun, November 2, 2014 @ 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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6 Saturday Sessions
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$65 – $85
Precarious Labor, Precarious Lives

Since the 1990s, scholars and activists have written about the impact of practices like “flexible accumulation” on workers and communities. We experience this in a very empirical and existential way, as so many of us can no longer count upon having (or keeping) a stable, secure job with benefits, or maintaining a roof over our heads. “Contingent labor” is not an abstraction but a harsh reality.

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An Indigenous People’s Reading Group

Wed, November 5, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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12 Wednesday Sessions ending January 14
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$110
The Indigenous Peoples’ Reading Group

The Indigenous Peoples’ Reading Group has grown from the enthusiastic call for the need of greater understanding of the long history of the peoples of North America who were here before and remain after the European colonists came to settle and bring this hemisphere and those peoples under their control and exploitation, following a stirring presentation by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz this past September.

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Jean Jaurès 100 Years Later: His Life and Legacy

Wed, November 12, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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$6 – $12
Jean Jaurès 100 Years Later: His Life and Legacy

Jean Jaurès, who consistently countered the rise of militarism and opposed the war, was assassinated July 31, 1914, by a right-wing fanatic. Days later, World War I began the French socialists supported it.

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December 2014

Victor Serge: Midnight in the Century

Wed, December 3, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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$6 – $12
Midnight in the Century

In 1933, Victor Serge was arrested by Stalin’s police, interrogated, and held in solitary confinement for more than eighty days. Released, he spent two years in exile in remote Orenburg. These experiences were the inspiration for Midnight in the Century, Serge’s searching novel about revolutionaries living in the shadow of Stalin’s betrayal of the revolution.

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Beyond Capitalism: Art, Performance & Politics

Thu, December 4, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
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$6 – $15
Beyond Capitalism: Art, Performance & Politics

In 2008 artist and activist Jim Costanzo began appearing on Wall Street as the Aaron Burr Society, drawing upon a little-known figure from America's past as a way of critiquing and offering alternatives to the current dysfunctional capitalist system. The ABS distributed 100 one-dollar bills on Wall Street stamped with “Free Money” on one side and “Slave of New York” on the other. The Federal Reserve Bank was authorized to bail out Wall Street Banks with tax dollars from the 99% that was given as Free Money after the 2008 crash. Government deregulation and the subsequent corporate fraud caused the crash and resulted in people losing their jobs and homes.

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Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of The White Race

Wed, December 17, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $12
Theodore Allen The Invention of the White Race

A former coal miner, factory worker, teacher, postal mailhandler, and Brooklyn Public Library worker, Theodore Allen pioneered “white skin privilege” analysis in 1965, co-authored White Blindspot in 1967.

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January 2015

An Indigenous People’s Reading Group: Almanac of the Dead

Wed, January 21, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Every Wednesday through March 4
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Introduction to Autonomist Marxism: From Its Roots to Cyber-Marx

Thu, January 29, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 7:25 PM
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Every Thursday through April 29
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Fanon: Wretched of the Earth

Fri, January 30, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Every Friday through March 30
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Hegel’s Science of Logic

Fri, January 30, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Every Friday through April 24
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Note that there will be no class meeting Friday, February 20 in support of attendance of an event for political prisoners at St. Peter's Church (East 54th Street and Lexington Avenue). For more information visit LynneStewart.org

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February 2015

Black Literature & Revolutionary Consciousness

Mon, February 2, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Every Monday through April 6
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Black Reconstruction in America: W.E.B. DuBois

Wed, February 4, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Every Wednesday through May 13
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Nietzsche, Heidegger, Fascism & Left Nietzscheans: A Marxist Assessment

Thu, February 5, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Every Thursday through April 16
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21st Century Struggles: Precarity, Repression, and Organizing Resistance

Mon, February 9, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Mondays through May 18
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Fridays at the Movies: Class, Crime, and International Film Noir

Fri, February 20, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Friday evenings through March 20
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Fridays at the Movies: Class, Crime, and International Film Noir

Fri, February 27, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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March 2015

Fridays at the Movies: Class, Crime, and International Film Noir

Fri, March 6, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Fridays at the Movies: Class, Crime, and International Film Noir

Fri, March 13, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Wages for Housework Archive Workshop

Sat, March 21, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Theories of Capitalist Development: Sweezy, Aglietta, Dobb

Fri, March 27, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Friday evenings through May 22
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April 2015

Eleanor Marx: A Book Party & Author Reception

Tue, April 7, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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For the Long Haul: Care, Intention & Steadiness in Radical Organizing with Author Chris Dixon

Fri, April 10, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Precarity Task Force: National and International Proposals and Strategies for Proletarian Response to Crisis of Capitalism

Mon, April 13, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Mondays through June 8
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The Death and Life of American Labor – with Author Stanley Aronowitz

Tue, April 14, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Cold War Expressionism: Perverting the Politics of Perception Bombast, Blacklists and Blockades in the Postwar Art World

Wed, April 22, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Ujamaa & Women’s Emancipation: Wages for Housework & African Socialism

Thu, April 30, 2015 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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May 2015

Peoples of the World Spring Forth – The Indigenous Peoples’s Reading Group

Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Space, Place and Class Struggle

Thu, May 7, 2015 @ 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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Thursdays through June 11
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MAY8 4AKP—A Benefit for AK Press

Fri, May 8, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 11:55 PM
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Free Time, Free Money: 21st Century Anti-Capitalist Struggles and Developing Revolutionary Demands

Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Mondays through June 29
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Between The Wage and The Commons

Sun, May 17, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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June 2015

Marxism and the Oppression of Women

Wed, June 10, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Migration & Marginalization – When Boom Went to Bust in the USA

Mon, June 15, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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MONDAYS, JUNE 15 through AUGUST 31 • 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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Hegel’s Science of Logic

Wed, June 24, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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July 2015

Hegel’s Science of Logic

Fri, July 10, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Friday evenings through August 21
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Summer of 2015 Intensive

Thu, July 23, 2015 - Sun, July 26, 2015
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Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26
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Actually Existing Capitalism and the Generalized Proletariat Summer Intensive to Advance Working Class Consciousness

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Summer of 2015 Intensive

Sun, July 26, 2015 - Wed, July 29, 2015
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Actually Existing Capitalism and the Generalized Proletariat Summer Intensive to Advance Working Class Consciousness

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August 2015

The Ecology of a Police State

Thu, August 6, 2015
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September 2015

Research of the Late Marx

Thu, September 10, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
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$6 – $15

In his final years, 1877-82, Marx studied three non-capitalist agrarian societies in great depth. Kevin will offer new insights into Marx’s concept of transition and of revolution.

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Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

Fri, September 18, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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$95 – $125

In this 12-class, we will read and discuss the entirety of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right over 12 weeks.

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The Factory, a film by Rahul Roy

Mon, September 28, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6.00 – $15.00

“The production process had to become a very important element,” director Rahul Roy says. “That was a huge challenge.... How do you create a narrative around the production process without putting people to sleep?”
The Factory traces the monumental struggle of Indian auto workers of Maruti Suzuki, Manesar in their historic fight to form a union.

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October 2015

The Russian Revolution 1917—1921

Mon, October 5, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$95 – $125

This 11-week class considers the establishment of a government based on the workers councils (soviets) in November 1917, emphasizing the rising influence of the Bolshevik Party.

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Outside Views/Inside Stories: The Algerian Experience

Thu, October 8, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$95 – $125

Writing on Algeria: From liberation movements as a French colony to new struggles of liberation in post-colonial Algeria.

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An Evening with Diana Block

Fri, October 9, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
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$6 – $15

Clandestine Occupations explores the difficult decisions that activists confront about the boundaries of legality and speculates about the scope of clandestine action in the future.

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Reading Gramsci

Tue, October 13, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$25 – $45

Harmony Goldberg will guide this 4-week class covering concepts essential to an understanding of the work of Antonio Gramsci.

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Highlights of Capital, Volume 1

Wed, October 14, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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$85 – $115

A new approach: Highlighting the main sections and concepts of Capital, Volume I. Nine sessions until mid-December.

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Resistencia: The Fight for Aguan Valley

Fri, October 16, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6.00 – $15.00

When a 21st century coup d'etat overthrows the only president they ever believed in, Honduran farmers take over the plantations. They have no plans to ever give them back.

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Extractivism in Africa: The Role of the “BRICS” Countries

Mon, October 19, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $15

Co-Sponsors: Haymarket Books and System Change Not Climate Change
This talk will focus on the "new scramble for Africa" and controversies surrounding the role of rising powers such as China, Russia, and South Africa.

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Baldwin/Fanon: After Colonialism Dies, Fighting New Forms of Imperialism

Thu, October 22, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
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$85.00 – $110.00

Read from Baldwin and Fanon as the capitalist powers occupy without the colonial apparatus and how to proceed to combat the new forms of imperialism.

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Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class

Thu, October 22, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $15

Immanuel Ness provides a thorough and expert perspective of three key countries where workers are fighting the spread of unchecked industrial capitalism: China, India, and South Africa.

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Extraction | Expulsions | Resistance

Mon, October 26, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$55.00 – $75

This 6-week class explores extractivism and activist responses to it. There will be a related event during the life of this class which entrance fee is included with payment.

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November 2015

1871-2015: Voices of The Paris Commune

Wed, November 11, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $15

Communards speak to us from the Commune in Paris about lessons they learned that we could take to our struggles against capital today

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Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence

Tue, November 17, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6.00 – $15.00

Join two of the editors and a contributing author of Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence, published by CounterPunch.

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Expulsions—Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

Mon, November 30, 2015 @ 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM
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$6.00 – $15.00

The current capitalist global economy represents expulsions from livelihoods, from living space, even from the very biosphere that makes life possible.

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December 2015

December Dialectics Workshop

Wed, December 2, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
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$25 – $45

In this class we will demystify dialectics and demonstrate that it does not have to be an esoteric topic reserved for a tiny group of initiates.

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How to Care for the Revolution?

Wed, December 2, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6.00 – $15.00

This forum addresses this question: How can we construct forms of solidarity that are not mired in capitalist and (hetero)sexist objectification?

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Book, Poster and Print Sale

Sun, December 6, 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Free

Support left artists and publishers this winter holiday season. Food and drinks available throughout. Some live readings throughout the event.

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January 2016

Death to Bourgeois Society

Tue, January 26, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $15

Death to Bourgeois Society tells the story of four young anarchists who were guillotined in France in the 1890s.

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Last night: Seven Essential Steps in Marx’s Dialectical Method

Wed, January 27, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $15

“My aim throughout goes beyond explaining Marx’s method to helping people think, study and act more dialectically. ”
—Bertell Ollman

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Student, Worker and People’s Movements in South Africa

Sun, January 31, 2016 @ 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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$6 – $15

“There is no doubt therefore, that what we are witnessing is a revolutionary political moment in history. Midnight’s children are learning to walk and talk. ” —Camalita Naicker

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February 2016

Living Radical, Living Female

Mon, February 1, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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$95 – $125

We will examine how radical women have narrated their lives and imagined different futures through a consideration of both fictional and autobiographical works .

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Marx, Nature and Capital: A Study Group

Tue, February 2, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$75 – $95

This group will read and discuss works that bring Marxist theory to bear on the environmental crisis and climate change.

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Mexican Workers and the Mexican Labor Movement: A History

Thu, February 4, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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$95 – $125

This course will deal with the history of Mexican workers from ancient times until today. The course will look at the political economy and the organization of work from indigenous communal organizations of the pre-Columbian period through the era of the Porfiriate, the Mexican Revolution, and into the modern era including today.

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Latin America: Colonized and Post-Colonial Attempts at Liberation

Thu, February 4, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$95 – $125

A unique opportunity to read and discuss the documentary history of the massacre at Tlatelolco side by side with Bolaño’s novel of the same.

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Prison and Social Death

Mon, February 15, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $15

...social death does not end with prison. The condition is permanent, following people after they are released from prison...the mechanisms of social death, Price shows, are also informal and cultural.

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István Mészáros’ The Challenge & Burden of Historical Time

Wed, February 17, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$95 – $125

Capital cannot tolerate any limitations to its own mode of social metabolic reproduction...not even when the devastating consequences are already glaringly obvious both in the field of production and on the terrain of the ecology. The only modality of time in which capital can be interested is exploitable labor time.

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Hegel’s Philosophy of History (1837)

Fri, February 19, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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$95 – $125

Marx and Engels's own theory of historical materialism was explicitly developed in opposition to Hegel's theory of history.

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Hillary Clinton: Born Again Progressive or Architect of Empire?

Sun, February 28, 2016 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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$6 – $15

Doug notes of her review of a book by Henry Kissinger,

he praised his “breadth and acuity” and described him as “a friend,” on whose “counsel” she relied while Secretary of State. Her appreciation of her predecessor seems apt. There’s something reminiscent of Kissinger about Hillary – the ruthlessness, the admiration of toughness and force, the penchant for deception and secrecy, the view of diplomacy as war continued by other means.

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Family, Welfare, and the State: Between Progressivism and the New Deal

Mon, February 29, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $15

“Family, Welfare, and The State leaves no doubt that the New Deal was not only the last resort to save capitalism from the danger of working class revolution, but was also in essence a productivity deal that was structured to maintain a patriarchal and racist order.” —Silvia Federici, from the Preface

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March 2016

It’s Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment

Mon, March 7, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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$6 – $15

This history lives through the words and actions of the men and women who made these revolutions, and the everyday experiences of the millions of people who put new revolutionary ideas into practice under the pressures of enormous internal and external forces.

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On Rebel Friendships and Affinity Groups

Mon, March 14, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

Benjamin Shepard explores the way friendship infuses social movements with the social capital necessary to move bodies of ideas forward...offering a new take on the ties between friends who are connected through affinity and efforts aimed at social change.

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Oil, War and Value Creation: A Marxist Perspective

Wed, March 16, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$25 – $45

Understanding the petroleum industry is necessary for any anti-capitalist project. This is the purpose of the course.

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What Is Capitalism?

Mon, March 28, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$75 – $110

...if we don’t define what capitalism is then what does it means to be ”anti-capitalist”? Don’t we first have to know what something is to know what it is we’re against? Otherwise, how can we ever know if the movement we’re building is based on strategies, tactics, issues and demands that, even if successful, will actually move us beyond capitalism instead of once again simply reinforcing its rule?

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April 2016

Paget Henry’s 70th Year: A Symposium and Celebration

Sat, April 2, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Organized by The Caribbean Philosophical Association Co-sponsors: The Caribbean Philosophical Association and The Marxist Education Project Special tributes by: Donna Edmonds Mitchell First Nation activist, community scholar, poet and creative artist Elaine Olaoye Professor and poet Participants Include: Linda Alcoff, Philosophy, Hunter College & CUNY Karida Brown, Sociology, Brown University Drucilla Cornell, Political Science and WGSS, Rutgers University Jane Gordon, Political Science and Africana Studies, UCONN Lewis Gordon, Philosophy and Africana Studies, UCONN Aaron Kamugisha, Cultural Studies, UWI, Cave Hill,…

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Marxism, Science and the Anthropocene

Tue, April 12, 2016 @ 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$75 – $95

This group will read and discuss classic and contemporary works in the Marxist tradition that address the nexus of capitalism, science, nature, and climate change.

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Greece at the Crossroads

Tue, April 12, 2016 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

The landslide victory of the NO promised a historic confrontation with the EU and the capitalist system in general. But Prime Minister Tsipras overnight repudiated the results of the referendum and negotiated the most onerous agreement yet with the EU. The year ended with a series of general strikes against the Syriza government. Those actions continue in the new year.

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Celebration of Nuit Debout

Sat, April 16, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 11:55 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$18 – $22

Tomorrow, more of us will join this global movement.

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Resistance and Solidarity Across the US-Mexican Border

Mon, April 18, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

This event will provide essential background information for those who will participate in the Crossing Borders reading group which begins on Thursday, April 28

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Spring and Summer Book, Poster and Print Fair

Sun, April 24, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Free

Join AK Press, Autonomedia, Common Notions, Haymarket Books, Interference Archive/Just Seeds, OR Books, PM Press, Verso Books, Zero Books and more to be announced. An opportunity to see many of the new offerings from a wide range of left publishing. For brief moments during the day, there will be readings from selected texts. Food and drink available at the Commons Cafe all day.

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Abe and Julia: Honor and Survival During Hoover’s Reign

Tue, April 26, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

Kotelchuck reveals his parents as “persons of great moral courage” who “refused to change their views in the face of governmental persecution.” He also reveals Hoover’s FBI as using dirty tricks, forgeries, illegal wiretaps, and intimidation while “hounding . . . domestic opponents of U.S. policies during the Cold War period, often illegally...

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It’s Not Over: Lessons from the Socialist Experiment

Wed, April 27, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$55 – $75

The book’s historical focus is on the Russian Revolution, the failed German Revolution, the early years of the Soviet Union, the Prague Spring, the Sandinista Revolution and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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Crossing Borders: Novels and other writing on the Southwest Borderlands

Thu, April 28, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$85 – $115

Each Thursday we will look at the continually contested terrain and the peoples on both sides of the borders of the U.S. and Mexico,

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May 2016

Left Noir 3: “You Talkin’ To Me?”

Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

Cops, Corruption and Capitalism in Crime Fiction: Do police exist solely to enforce order for the ruling capitalist powers and ensure their continual domination?

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Solidarity Without Borders

Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

Borderlands Studies: These four essential themes of our times will be discussed: the diversity of new migrant political actors; solidarity and new alliances across borders; avoiding misplaced alliances; and spaces of resistance.

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James Connolly Songs of Freedom

Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

From the publication of Songs of Freedom in 1907 to the declaration of the Irish Republic on the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin 1916, Connolly's vision was a beacon in the struggle for liberation. Using Connolly's own songs along with others made famous in Ireland's fight for independence, Callahan and Moore perform a spirited tribute to the rebels of Easter Week.

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June 2016

When Droplets Become Rain

Mon, June 6, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

WHEN DROPLETS BECOME RAIN is a celebration of collective values and organization, and offers a message of hope through popular mobilization and love for living beings and mother earth, as summarized in the title.

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Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Fri, June 10, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$100 – $140

Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit is generally considered the first exposition of and an introduction to Hegel's later work, what is often referred to as Hegel's “system.” Thus, knowledge of the Phenomenology is indispensable for anyone interested in today's world.

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The Politics of James Joyce and the Easter Rising

Mon, June 13, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

Leopold Bloom’s peripatetic journey around Dublin and reasons why Joyce enlightens radicals and socialists.

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Big Farms Make Big Flu

Tue, June 14, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

“If you’ve missed the wit and brilliance of Stephen Jay Gould, here’s consolation: holistic, radical science from the frontlines of the battle against emergent diseases…. Bravo to Monthly Review Press for publishing this landmark collection of essays.” —Mike Davis

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Resistance and Solidarity Across the US-Mexican Border: 1946-2016

Mon, June 20, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

Significant consideration will be given to the tensions and contradictions generated by the uneven interdependence of capitalist development in the borderlands; the long history of solidarity, struggle and resistance against racial and capitalist oppression waged by Native Americans, Mexican Americans and the multinational working class in the region.

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Re-Discovering Fanon: Preview to a work in progress

Wed, June 22, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

Re-Discovering Fanon will make evident Fanon’s unrelenting hatred of racism and his uncompromising determination to set forth a dialectic of disalienation in order to bring about a new humanity.

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July 2016

Day 1, Session 1: Marx and Engels and Classical German Philosophy

Thu, July 14, 2016 @ 10:05 AM - 12:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 – $15

Our discussion will focus on the basic, immediate philosophical background in classical German philosophy represented primarily by Kant, Hegel, Fichte and Schelling that Marx and Engels inherited.

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