Events for CAPITALISM IN QUESTION (Because It Is)

All events are at 4:15-5:30 on Tuesdays in the Broad Performance Space, Broad Center, with the exception of the Concert of Labor Songs on Saturday, March 27 at 8 pm in Benson Auditorium and Richard Parker on Monday May 3.

Aviva Chomsky FEBRUARY 2
Aviva Chomsky
- "Capitalism in Question: Rethinking Labor and Environmental Histories"
Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State College, the author of Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class (2008) and West Indian Workers and the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica, 1870-1940 (1996), and the co-editor of The Cuba Reader (2003).

Daniel MartinezDaniel Martinez
FEBRUARY 9
Panel Discussion of “Capitalism in Question,” an Exhibit at the Nichols Gallery
The panel will feature Daniel Martinez (co-curator of the exhibit) and the artists in the exhibit—Ian Arenas, Matthew Brandt, James Melinat, Gabie Strong, Kara Tanaka, and Grant Vetter--and will be chaired by Bill Anthes (Art History).
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Marshall Sahlins MARCH 2
Marshall Sahlins
- "Infrastructuralism"
The Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of Chicago and the author of numerous books including The Use and Abuse of Biology (1976), Culture and Practical Reason (1976), Waiting for Foucault (1999), and Apologies to Thucydides: Understanding History as Culture and Vice-Versa (2004), as well as the germinal 1966 essay, “The Original Affluent Society.” In addition, as a faculty member at the University of Michigan, Marshall Sahlins was a—if not the—central figure in organizing the first campus 'teach-ins' of the 1960s, as part of the social movement that opposed U.S. militarism in Vietnam. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ching Kwan Lee MARCH 9
Ching Kwan Lee
- "The Labor Question of Chinese Capitalism in Africa"
Ching Kwan Lee is the author of Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (1998) and Against the Law: Labor Protests in China's Rustbelt and Sunbelt (2007), which won the Sociology of Labor Book Award of the American Sociological Association. Her edited volumes include Working in China: Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation (2007) and Reclaiming Chinese Society: The New Social Activism (2009). She is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research asks whether Chinese capitalism, as it increasingly moves beyond China, is an alternative form of modernity and whether it is bringing new "development" outcomes in Africa and elsewhere.


Ellen HarperEllen Harper
MARCH 27 (Saturday)
8 pm
Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall
Concert: "Songs of Work and Resistance"
Curated by Pitzer alum Ellen Harper (of Claremont's Folk Music Center) and Stuart McConnell, professor of History
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Sherry Ortner MARCH 30
Sherry Ortner
- "The Darkness of Independent Films: Late Capitalism, 'Generation X,' and the Global Impact of the American Dream"
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA and author of numerous books, including Sherpas Through Their Rituals (1978), Making Gender: The Politics and Erotics of Culture (1996), and New Jersey Dreaming: Capital, Culture and the Class of ’58 (2003). Sherry Ortner is also a 1990 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

J. Phillip Thompson APRIL 20
J. Phillip Thompson
- "Capitalism in Transition: From Competition to Cooperation"
Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and the author of Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Struggle for a Deep Democracy (2005), as well as co-editor of Social Capital and Poor Communities (2001). J. Phillip Thompson is an urban planner and political scientist who, prior to entering academic life, worked as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination.

Juliet Schor APRIL 27
Juliet Schor
- "From Ecocide to Plenitude: from Capitalism to Sustainability"
Professor of Sociology at Boston College, formerly an associate professor of economics at Harvard University, and author of numerous books including Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (2004) and co-editor (with Betsy Taylor) of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century (2002). Juliet Schor is also a founding Board member of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to transforming North American lifestyles to make them more ecologically and socially sustainable. In September 2009, Professor Schor’s current research was featured in “The Self-Storage Self” in The New York Times Magazine.

Richard Parker MAY 3 (Monday)
Richard Parker - "If We’re All Keynesians (Again), Just What Sort of Keynesians Are We?"
Richard Parker is an economist at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is the president of the Americans for Democratic Action, a cofounder of Mother Jones magazine, and a past advisor to Senators Edward Kennedy and George McGovern. His books include John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics and The Myth of the American Class. He is also the author of the recent essay, “Government Beyond Obama?” which was published in The New York Review of Books in March, 2008.