Discussion of Texas Mexican Americans and Postwar Civil Rights

Date: September 2, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm

University of Texas journalism professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez will discuss her new book Texas Mexican Americans and Postwar Civil Rights, which draws on oral histories from Mexican American veterans who returned home from World War II to Texas and began a new struggle that would change the country.

Location: Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, 78701 (Congress and MLK)

Launch of Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City

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

In Invisible in Austin, University of Texas sociologist Javier Auyero and a team of graduate students explore the lives of those working at the bottom of the social order: house cleaners, office-machine repairers, cab drivers, restaurant cooks and dishwashers, exotic dancers, musicians, and roofers, among others. The book makes visible the growing gap between rich and poor that is reconfiguring Austin, as low-wage workers are forced to the social and symbolic margins.

The panel discussion will feature co-authors Auyero and Katie Jensen, professor and Ph.D. student from the UT Department of Sociology; Pierette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California sociology professor; Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer reporter; and Cristina Tzintzún, executive director of the Workers Defense Project.

Location: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, 78703

Robert Reich Speaking at UT

Date: September 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:30 pm

The University of Texas’ Plan II Honors Program is hosting Robert Reich for the 2015 Liz Carpenter Distinguished Lecture. Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, is a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong with Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix Them and was featured in the documentary “Inequality for All.”

No tickets are required for this free event.

Location: LBJ Library, Lady Bird Auditorium, University of Texas, 2313 Red River St., Austin

“Can We Do It Ourselves?” Film Screening and Discussion

Date: September 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:30 pm

Dana Pedersen from Cooperation Texas will lead a discussion after screening the new documentary from the Swedish media cooperative Fria Tidningar. “Can We Do It Ourselves?” confronts some common criticisms of cooperative enterprises—that they must be inefficient, inflexible, or otherwise inferior to capitalist enterprises—drawing on the experiences of actual worker-owners and insights from cooperative researchers in the U.S. and Sweden.

Cooperation Texas works to create sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives, a business model that puts people and the planet first.

Location: University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, 78705

Robert Jensen Speaking on White Privilege

Date: September 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

University of Texas professor Robert Jensen will speak on racism and white privilege to the Rio Texas chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action.

Jensen is the author of the 2005 book The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege and the recent article “Two Things White People Should Never Say” in YES! Magazine. Jensen’s forthcoming book, Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully, will be published in October by Counterpoint/Soft Skull.

For more information, contact Anne Mund,

Location: Saint John’s United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin