Tag: 2007 Fall

Russian politics in historic context

The Havens Center Fall 2007 Visiting Scholars Program presents
Boris Kagarlitsky
Second Edition of Russian Capitalism: Economic Structures and Political Perspectives
Wednesday, October 10, 4pm, 8417 Social Science Building
Public seminar
Thursday, October 11, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science
Russia's Autocracy and Democratic Tradition: Western Myths and Historic Reality
Thursday, October 11, 4pm, 8417 Social Science Building

BORIS KAGARLITSKY is Director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements in Moscow, Russia. Boris' latest books are Russia Under Yeltsin And Putin: Neo-Liberal Autocracy (TNI/Pluto 2002) and New Realism, New Barbarism: The Crisis of Capitalism (Pluto 1999). He won the Deutscher Memorial Prize for his book, The Thinking Reed: Intellectuals and the Soviet State (Verso 1988). He writes regularly for The Moscow Times and Eurasian Home. Previously, he was a student of art criticism and was imprisoned for two years for 'anti-Soviet' activities related to his editorship of a samizdat journal, Leviy Povorot. Boris was co-ordinator of the Moscow People's Front between '88 and '90, and also advised the Workers' Committee of Prokpievsk and Karaganda during this period. He was a deputy to the Moscow City Soviet between 1990-93, during which time he was a member of the executive of the Socialist Party of Russia, co-founder of the Party of Labour, and advisor to the Chairperson of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia.

The Day that Changed Madison: The "Dow Riot" forty years on

Paul Buhle & Tom Hayden
"Dow Day in Madison History." PAUL BUHLE
Tuesday, October 16, 7pm, Room 1641 Humanities Building
"Dow Day & What it Means Now." Panel discussion with Paul Buhle, Frank Emspak, Vicki Gabriner, and Betsy Lawrence
Wednesdy, October 17, 7pm, Room 1100 Grainger Hall
"The Radical American Tradition." TOM HAYDEN
Thursday, October 18, 7:30pm, Room 1100 Grainger Hall

On October 18, 1967, a peaceful student sit-in against the makers of napalm, "liquid fire" used extensively by US forces against guerillas and civilians alike in Vietnam, prompted a police assault, then a melee with thousands of students joining the side of the peaceniks. The political atmosphere changed at an unprecedented speed. The Madison campus moved into the forefront of peace, anti-conscription and "Student Power" activity nationally.

Otherwise far-sighted administrators, seeking to protect the University itself from controversy and crisis, butted heads with students and faculty increasingly concerned with corporate takeovers of campus life and decision-making. The two sides, in agreement on many issues including the greatness of the university, found themselves badly divided. Local conservatives, meanwhile, faced challenges unknown since the Depression and the breakup of the Progressive Party for Cold War consensus.
The student strike -- unofficially honored by many faculty members while bitterly opposed by others -- and the resulting dialogue also emphatically reshaped Madison politics: Paul Soglin, a student activist, emerged with a strong community following, projecting him into the mayorality six years later, his administration a symbol of the larger changes locally in policing, gender equality, day care, ecology and related issues. Most notably, Madison had regained its national standing as an antiwar center, a standing lost since the days of Robert M. LaFollette, and which it has never forfeited in the years since.

Three days of lectures and a forum will address the issues of the Dow Days. Among the participants will be several on hand at the events, noted community activists involved in earlier campus protest against the Dow Chemical Company, and a leading figure of peace and social change from the 1960s to the present. Audience participation will follow the presentations of all events.

PAUL BUHLE is Senior Lecturer at Brown University and author/editor of nearly thirty books, including History and the New Left, Madison, Wisconsin, 1950-70, The Tragedy of Empire: William Appleman Williams, Images of American Radicalism, Marxism in the United States, Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story behind America's Favorite Movies, The Encyclopedia of the American Left, The Immigrant Left in the United States, The New Left Revisited, and From the Lower Eastside to Hollywood: Jews in American Popular Culture. A former member of Students for a Democratic Society, Buhle founded the journal Radical America. He is a regular contributor to TIKKUN and CNS (an environmental journal), as well as a wide variety of other publications.

TOM HAYDEN was co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society in 1961, and author of its visionary call, the Port Huron Statement. During the 1960s, Hayden was a Freedom Rider in the Deep South and a community organizer in Newark, and later a vigorous opponent of the Vietnam War. After helping lead street demonstrations against the war at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, where he was beaten, gassed and arrested twice, Hayden was indicted in 1969 with seven others on conspiracy and incitement charges. After five years of trials, appeals, and retrials, he was acquitted of all charges. Hayden was elected to the California state assembly in 1982, and the state senate ten years later, serving eighteen years in all. After forty years of activism, politics and writing, Hayden remains a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through greater citizen participation.

Axis of Hope: Latin America on the March

Tariq Ali
Thursday, October 18, 5pm, Room 1100 Grainger Hall

Ali will discuss his latest book, Pirates of the Carribean: Axis of Hope. A revolution is moving across Latin America. Since 1998, the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chávez to world attention as the foremost challenger of the neoliberal consensus and American foreign policy. Tariq Ali shows how Chávez's views have polarized Latin America and examines the aggression directed against his administration. Pirates of the Carribean offers a guide through a continent that is once again on the march (http://www.tariqali.org/).

Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and co-sponsored by the Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change, Tariq Ali's visit is made possible by the U. W. Madison Centerfor Humanities as part of their week-long series of events on "Legacies of Al Andalus: Islam, Judaism, & the West," October 16-20, 2007

TARIQ ALI was born in Lahore in 1943. He was educated at Oxford University, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union debating club and became involved in student politics, in particular with the movement against the war in Vietnam. On graduating he led the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign. Active in the New Left of the 1960s, he has long been associated with the New Left Review, of which he is currently a board member and editor. During the 1960s, he also owned his own independent television production company, Bandung, which produced programmes for Channel 4 in the UK. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes articles and journalism to magazines and newspapers including The Guardian and the London Review of Books. He is editorial director of London publishers Verso. Ali's fiction includes a series of historical novels about Islam: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (1992), The Book of Saladin (1998), The Stone Woman (2000) and A Sultan in Palermo (2005). His non-fiction includes 1968: Marching in the Streets (1998), a social history of the 1960s. A book of essays, The Clash of Fundamentalisms, was published in 2002. Tariq Ali's latest works include Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope (2006), Conversations with Edward Said (2005), Rough Music: Blair, Bombs, Baghdad, London, Terror (2005), and Speaking of Empire and Resistance (2005), which takes the form of a series of conversations with the author. The Leopard and the Fox (2007) is the script of a three-part TV series commissioned by the BBC and later withdrawn, and includes the background to the story.