Events

Out of the Flames of Ferguson: Organizing in Houston

Date: May 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Protests in Ferguson sparked a national rebellion against police brutality. The Houston-based group Out of the Flames of Ferguson is one example of what is possible beyond demos and marches, and organizers will report on the struggle to fight police violence and white supremacy.

Location: Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. 7th St., Austin, 78702 (originally scheduled at MonkeyWrench Books)

Screening of “Forks over Knives”

Date: June 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

This documentary examines the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

The screening is part of the “Controversy & Conversation” series, a collaboration between the Austin Public Library and the Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues Program at the University of Texas. More information online.

Location: Austin Public Library, Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, 78702

Robert Jensen on “Earth, Wind, and Fire: The bad news about soil, climate, and energy”

Date: June 24, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:00 pm

The unsustainable agriculture that produces most of the world’s food depends on inputs derived from fossil fuels that are at the heart of catastrophic climate change. Robert Jensen, a professor in the UT School of Journalism, will discuss how the mainstream institutions of the dominant culture routinely ignore the implications of these multiple, cascading ecological crises and how we can come together to face the truth, dig in and make a commitment to “be of use.”

Jensen is the author of the forthcoming book Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully, scheduled for publication in fall 2015 by Counterpoint/Soft Skull.

The lecture is free but registration is required.

Location: Thompson Conference Center, Room 1.110, University of Texas, Austin

Screening of “At the Death House Door”

Date: July 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

This documentary investigates Texas’ 1989 execution of Carlos DeLuna, after prosecutors ignored evidence about another man who bragged to friends about committing the crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.

The screening is part of the “Controversy & Conversation” series, a collaboration between the Austin Public Library and the Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues Program at the University of Texas. More information online.

Location: Austin Public Library, Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, 78702