Rob Nixon on “Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene”

Date: October 21, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Princeton University professor Rob Nixon, author of Dreambirds: the Natural History of a Fantasy and the award-winning Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, will speak on “Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene.”

The event is co-sponsored by Environmental Humanities, Department of English, and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice of the School of Law at the University of Texas.

Location: University of Texas, Liberal Arts Building (CLA 1.302E), Austin

“Globalization, the Destruction of the Commons and New Forms of Violence against Women”

Date: October 24, 2016
Time: 12:15 pm  to  2:00 pm

Silvia Federici, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of the classic Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation, will speak on “Globalization, the Destruction of the Commons and New Forms of Violence against Women” as part of the Global Policy Studies Speaker Series of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Federici will discuss the spread of new forms of witch-hunting and the worldwide escalation of violence against women. She will examine the impact of capitalist development on women’s lives and gender relations, the relation between the different forms of this violence (familial, extra-domestic, institutional), and the strategies that women are creating to resist it.

Location: Wasserman Education Center, basement of Sid Richardson Hall, University of Texas

“Locked Out! Criminal History as a Barrier to Housing Access”

Date: October 28, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm  to  2:00 pm

This University of Texas Opportunity Forum’s Lunch Series program will focus on criminal history as a barrier to housing access. The keynote speaker will be Washington attorney Sara Pratt, followed by a panel including Austin City Council member Greg Casar, David Mintz from the Texas Apartment Association, Bruce Reilly from Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) in New Orleans, and moderator Helen Gaebler from the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.

The event is free, with lunch provided, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Location: Francis Auditorium in Townes Hall, University of Texas School of Law, Austin

Citizen Action on Climate

Date: October 30, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm

Anna Graybeal will discuss the work of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan nonprofit group working to pass federal legislation for a steadily-rising fee on carbon. She will give an overview of the policy and CCL’s work Congress, and outline how volunteers can help out both locally and nationally.

The event is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s ongoing Public Affairs Forum series. More information online.

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

Robin Meyers on “From Galilean Sage to Supernatural Savior: The Heresy of Orthodoxy”

Date: November 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Robin Meyers, a leading national voice in progressive Christianity, will speak about “From Galilean Sage to Supernatural Savior: The Heresy of Orthodoxy.” Meyers’ new book Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance, in which he argues that the church is becoming irrelevant due to fear, self-absorption, lack of empathy, dogman, and attachment to empire.

Meyers, pastor of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, is the author of many other books, including Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus and The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus.

On Saturday morning, Meyers will talk about “The Underground Church” and conduct a workshop on “What kind of church would you find irresistible?”

The cost for this Friday night lecture and a Saturday morning workshop is $25. More information online, or contact Rev. Heather Green,

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