Raj Patel on “Seven Cheap Things: Madeiran Sugar as an Introduction to Capitalist World-Ecology”

Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm

Raj Patel will discuss the introductory chapter of his forthcoming book, Seven Cheap Things, co-authored with sociologist Jason W. Moore. Patel, a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, is the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.

The event is sponsored by the Institute for Historical Studies in the UT Department of History. More information online.

Location: Garrison Hall (GAR 4.100), University of Texas, Austin

Austin Sanctuary Network Benefit

Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 pm  to  10:00 pm

The Austin Sanctuary Network, a group of 20 faith communities and organizations that supports asylum-seekers fleeing violence, will host a benefit concert featuring singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer and pianist Gary Walters Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online. Childcare available.

For more information, see the event Facebook page, or contact Richard (512) 917-6018,

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756

5604 Manor “Not-Really-that-Happy” Happy Hour

Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm  to  6:30 am

The Workers Defense Project and Third Coast Activist Resource Center will host a “Not-Really-that-Happy” Happy Hour for progressive Austin residents to share concerns and strategize for the coming four years, and beyond.

The new administration in Washington and the Texas Lege will keep us busy with organizing efforts and critical analyses of the unjust and unsustainable nature of contemporary U.S. society. Our outreach and activism will be most productive with a vibrant progressive community for mutual support and networking. Folks can share stories and shore up each other for the work ahead.

Basic snacks and beverages will be provided; contributions of food/drink are welcome. There will be a short program at 5:30 pm.

5604 Manor was established by WDP and Third Coast in 2009 as a progressive community center for several groups. The building now houses an expanded WDP staff.

Location: Workers Defense Project, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

“Preventable Tragedies: How to Reduce Mental Health-Related Deaths in Texas Jails”

Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm

A panel will discuss the Texas Law Civil Rights Clinic’s new report, “Preventable Tragedies: How to Reduce Mental Health-Related Deaths in Texas Jails,” which tells the stories of 10 tragic and preventable deaths in Texas jails and offers recommendations to improve diversion and treatment of persons with mental illness and related health needs.

The event—sponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center and co-sponsored by the UT Opportunity Forum and Texas Law Civil Rights Clinic—is free and lunch is provided, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Location: Townes Hall (TNH 2.139), University of Texas School of Law, Austin

Katharine Hayhoe on “Climate and Faith, Money and Politics: Can We Build a Sustainable Future?”

Date: February 3, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe will address some of today’s key ecological and social questions: What risks does climate change pose? Is a safe and sustainable future possible, given our energy and economic interests, and widespread political rejection of these risks? And why are evangelicals so opposed to accepting the science of climate change? Hayhoe, a professor in the Public Administration program and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, is often featured in media stories about climate, including this profile in the New York Times.

Hayboe’s talk is part of the “Hot Science – Cool Talks” hosted by the University of Texas’ Environmental Science Institute. There will be a Community Science Fair from 5:45 to 6:45 pm, with the talk beginning at 7 pm.

More information online. Tickets ($10 for student and $15-$25, with a $55 VIP ticket) can be ordered online.

Location: Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Ave., Austin, 78701