As’ad AbuKhalil on “Israel/Palestine: The Roots of the Conflict”

Date: October 8, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm  to  9:30 pm

As’ad AbuKhalil, a professor of political science at California State University-Stanislaus and author of The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power (2003), will speak about the historical context of the Palestinian struggle for human rights and self-determination. AbuKhalil writes the popular blog, The Angry Arab News Service.

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Location: University of Texas, Belmont Hall (Stadium) BEL 328

El Salvador Sister Cities Speaking Tour

Date: October 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Catie Johnson, a U.S. El Salvador Sister Cities representative in El Salvador, and Edith Portillo, who works as the Coordinator of the Women’s Programs for the Association for the Development of El Salvador, will discuss significant developments in El Salvador, such as electoral transparency, youth work, violence and gangs, and improved medical services to women and people in rural areas. Share this event on facebook.

For more information contact: Jennifer Long,

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin 78723

Cooperation Texas Anniversary Party

Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Cooperation Texas—the first organization in the state dedicated to creating dignified jobs through the development, support, and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives—will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a party.

Keynote speaker will be Ed Whitfield, co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities, and a longtime social critic, writer and community activist in Greensboro, NC.

Food will be provided by Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery with beverages by 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, and music by Como Las Movies.

Tickets for the event are $20. More information and tickets available online.

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin 78723

Mike Davis on “Texas vs. California: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster”

Date: October 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Historian and activist Mike Davis will speak on “Texas vs. California: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster/A California perspective on Texas-as-the Future.”

Davis—a MacArthur Fellow in 1998 and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside—is the author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles; Ecology of Fear; Planet of Slums; and In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire. During the late 1960s, Davis lived in Austin where he was an organizer for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

The event is a benefit for the New Journalism Project, the Texas nonprofit that publishes The Rag Blog and sponsors Rag Radio.

The suggested donation is $10, and an informal gathering will follow with food and beverages.

Davis will also be Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio, Friday, October 31, 2-3 pm, on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin and streamed live.

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Farai Chideya on “Reporting on Race and Place in the Post-Post-Racial Era”

Date: November 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Award-winning journalist Farai Chideya will speak on the challenges of reporting race and place when the idea of a “post-racial” America is being shattered by the realities of Ferguson, the U.S./Mexico border, and more. Chideya has spent years doing journalism on the road, reporting from small towns and big cities wracked by racial strife, and also investigating the harder-to-spot evolutions in race, such as digital segregation in social networks. Are America’s media covering race in a consistent way or just running from flashpoint to flashpoint? How do we capture the attention of audiences who may be fatigued or turned off by serious talk about race? And how well are we creating diverse newsrooms today and for the future?

Chideya has worked in print, television, radio, and digital media, as a producer for MTV News, an on-air political analyst for CNN, a reporter and guest host at ABC News, a host at Oxygen Media, and the host of the NPR program “News and Notes.” She is the author of four books: Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans; The Color of Our Future; Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; and the new book Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology. She hosts and produces the PRI podcast “One with Farai,” is a contributor to New York Public Radio, and appears regularly on cable television programs and radio programs to analyze politics.

Chideya is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

For more information, contact Robert Jensen,

Location: Belo Center for New Media, Presentation Room (BMC 5.102), University of Texas campus