Tag: 2013 Spring

Mass Incarceration in America

Heather Ann Thompson
“The Costs of the Carceral State”
Tuesday, February 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Distorting Democracy: Rethinking Politics and Power in the Age of Mass Incarceration”
Wednesday, February 20, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, February 21, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

HEATHER ANN THOMPSON is Associate Professor of History in the Departments of African American Studies and History at Temple University. She is the author of Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor and Race in a Modern American City (Cornell University Press: 2001) and has recently published an edited collection, Speaking Out: Protest and Activism in the 1960s and 1970s (Prentice Hall, 2009), as well as chapters on crime, punishment, and prison activism during the 1960s and 1970s in several edited collections. Thompson is currently writing the first comprehensive history of the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its legacy for Pantheon Books, drawing on legal, state, federal, prison, and personal records related to the Attica uprising and its aftermath (some never-before-seen).


Urban Education, Neoliberal Responses to Crisis, and Their Contradictions

Pauline Lipman
“Education and urban crises: coercive neoliberalism and the politics of disposability”
Tuesday, March 5, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Dimensions of an emergent counter-hegemony in education: Reflections on Chicago”
Wednesday, March 6, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, March 7, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

PAULINE LIPMAN is professor of Educational Policy Studies and Director of the Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her teaching, research, and activism grow out of her commitment to social justice and liberation. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on race and class inequality in education, globalization, and political economy of urban education, particularly the inter-relationship of education policy, urban restructuring, and the politics of race. Pauline is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports. Her newest book, The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City (Routledge, 2011), argues that education is integral to neoliberal economic and spatial urban restructuring and its class and race inequalities and exclusions as well as to the potential for a new, radically democratic economic and political social order. Her previous book, High Stakes Education and Race, Class and Power in School Restructuring, received American Education Studies Association, Critics Choice Awards. In 2011, she received the American Education Research Association Distinguished Contribution to Social Contexts in Education Research, Lifetime Achievement Award.


At Work with Bourdieu

Rick Fantasia
"Reign of le Terroir: French Gastronomy in the Age of Neo-Liberalism”
Tuesday, March 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Labor Solidarity: From Social Drama to Practical Myth"
Wednesday, March 20, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, March 21, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

RICK FANTASIA is the Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. His research has been driven by questions of labor and of culture, and their interpenetration, both in the U.S. and in France. He writes periodically for Le Monde Diplomatique and is the author of Cultures of Solidarity and co-author (with Kim Voss) of Hard Work. His recent research has concerned the symbolic economy of French gastronomy and the dynamics of its transformation as a cultural field.


Dimensions of Disadvantage: News from the Front in both the Class and Culture Wars

Gary Segura
“Social Class, Economic Policy Preferences, and Self-Interest: Competing Pathways to Class Inconsistent Partisanship and Voting”
Tuesday, April 9, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“What is a Latino? A Multifaceted Theory of Latino Identity and its Political Effects”
Wednesday, April 10, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, April 11, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

GARY SEGURA is Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a – Latino/a Studies at Stanford University, and principal and co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions™.  His work focuses on issues of political representation, and the politics to America’s growing Latino minority.  Among his most recent publications are "The Future is Ours:" Minority Politics, Political Behavior, and the Multiracial Era of American Politics, (Congressional Quarterly, 2011) and Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences (Cambridge University Press, 2012).  Earlier work includes Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (2010, Temple University Press), “Su Casa Es Nuestra Casa: Latino Politics Research and the Development of American Political Science,” (2007), in the American Political Science Review, “Race and the Recall: Racial Polarization in the California Recall Election,” (2008) in the American Journal of Political Science, and “Hope, Tropes, and Dopes: Hispanic and White Racial Animus in the 2008 Election,” (2010) in Presidential Studies Quarterly.  Segura is one of three Principal Investigators of the 2012 American National Election Studies, is a past-President of the Midwest Political Science Association and the president-elect of the Western Political Science Association.  In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


What Then Must We Do?

Gar Alperovitz
“Is There an America Beyond Capitalism?”
Tuesday April 16th, 4PM, 336 Ingraham Hall
Seminar: "The Unusual Nature of the Emerging Crisis, and its Possibilities"
Wednesday, April 17th, 12 noon, 8108 Social Science
Book presentation and signing
Wednesday, April 17th, 7PM, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, 426 W. Gilman St.Madison, WI

Gar Alperovitz, political economist, historian, and author of the new book What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution will give two free public talks in Madison highlighting how, in an age of political deadlock and economic decay, hope can be found in the growing movement across the country to build a new and more egalitarian economy based in cooperation and community.  Dr. Alperovitz will suggest that a movement aiming at the “evolutionary reconstruction” of the American system—away from rampant inequality and corporate control, and towards a more just distribution of wealth and renewed democracy—is poised to take center stage in the national conversation. 

About Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, has been responsible for some of the most important and influential analyses of new forms of worker, community, and cooperative ownership. He is the cofounder of The Democracy Collaborative, a research institute developing strategies to build community wealth, including an innovative network of green worker cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to his work as a leader in the new economy movement, he is an acclaimed historian of US foreign policy.  He is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and of King’s College at Cambridge University, where he received his PhD in political economy. He has served as a legislative director in the  U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a special assistant in the Department of State. Earlier he was president of the Center for Community Economic Development, Codirector of The Cambridge Institute, and president of the Center for the Study of Public Policy. Dr. Alperovitz’s numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History, and other academic and popular journals. His most recent books are America Beyond Capitalism (2011) and What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution. Dr. Alperovitz is also author of The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (1995), Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era (2002), and Unjust Deserts (2008).

About What Then Must We Do?

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new economy—and, if we act upon it, a new system—are forming.  In What Then Must We Do?,  forthcoming this April from Chelsea Green Publishing, Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about why the time is right for a revolutionary new economy movement, what it means to democratize the ownership of wealth, and what it will take to build a new system to replace the decaying one, offering an evolutionary, common-sense solution for moving from despair and anger to strategy and action.

Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race

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Dorothy Roberts
“Re-creating Race in the Genomic Age”
Tuesday, April 23, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Wednesday, April 24, 10am, 8108 Social Science
"The New Biopolitics of Race: Why Care?"
Wednesday, April 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall

DOROTHY ROBERTS is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, George A. Weiss University Professor, and the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at University of Pennsylvania, where she holds appointments in the Law School and Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. Professor Roberts is the author of the award-winning books Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Random House/Pantheon, 1997) and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books/Civitas, 2002), as well as co-editor of six books on constitutional law and gender. She has also published more than eighty articles and essays in books and scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review. Her latest book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, was published by the New Press in July 2011.

Co-sponsored by Accessing the Intersections, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the Sociology Department Race and Ethnicity Brownbag, and Global Studies.These events are wheelchair accessible. For additional disability accommodations, please contact havensce@ssc.wisc.edu.