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Worker Cooperative National Conference

Date: July 29, 2016 Time: 8:00 am  to  6:00 pm The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute will co-sponsor the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin this summer. Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, an organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and shift the conversation around […]

Date: June 9, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:30 pm The new Media Education Foundation documentary “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States” analyzes the news coverage and political discourse around the Israel/Palestine conflict. Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its invasions of the Gaza strip […]

Amending the Constitution: Why Now?

Date: May 14, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm Current efforts to amend the Constitution include the attempt to overturn the Citizens United decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a convention of the states to consider nine constitutional amendments “to rein in the federal government and restore […]

Robert Jensen on “Plain Radical” Politics

Date: May 8, 2016 Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm University of Texas professor Robert Jensen will discuss the political and ecological vision outlined in his Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully. The book sketches the comprehensive radical politics of Jensen’s late friend and comrade Jim Koplin. Drawing on first-hand […]

Date: May 7, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:30 pm The Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Friends Meeting of Austin and Austin Jewish Voice for Peace will host a book talk and discussion by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, author of Refusing To Be Enemies. The book documents the nonviolent resistance of Palestinians and Israelis in […]

Screening of “Merchants of Doubt”

Date: May 5, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:45 pm Inspired by the 2010 book by Naomi Oreskes and Erick M. Conway, the film “Merchants of Doubt” examines pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change. The screening is part of the “Controversy & […]

Lynching in Texas: A Historical Retrospective

Date: May 4, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, a panel of scholars and legal experts will discuss the history and legacy of the reign of terror against African Americans and Mexican Americans in Texas. Speakers include Daina Ramey Berry, professor […]

Screening of “Roadmap to Apartheid”

Date: May 3, 2016 Time: 7:03 pm  to  9:00 pm Narrated by writer Alice Walker, “Roadmap to Apartheid” explains the rise and fall of the system of racial control in South Africa and why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today. The directors of the 2013 documentary, one South African-born and the other Israeli-born, compare […]

Date: May 3, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm  to  7:30 pm Hosts Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy from KUT’s podcast “The Secret Ingredient” will discuss “The Greek Economy, the European Union, and the Future of Social Democracy” with University of Texas professor James Galbraith. Galbraith, who was an adviser to former Greek finance minister […]

Date: May 2, 2016 Time: 5:30 pm  to  7:00 pm The short documentary film “The Stand In” tells the story of the 1960-61 protests led by University of Texas at Austin students and supporters that forced Paramount Theaters to desegregate their theaters nationwide. Special guest for the screening will be Dr. Leon McNealy, one of […]