Monthly Archives: November 2011

Etienne Balibar: Europe, America, and the Crisis

10/03/2011
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Skylight Conference Room, 9th Floor
Etienne Balibar (°1942) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-X. As one of Louis Althusser's most brilliant students in the 1960s, Etienne Balibar contributed to the collective theoretical masterpiece of Reading Capital. Since then he has established himself amongst the most subtle philosophical and political thinkers in France. [read more»]

Bird on Fire: Lessons from the world’s least sustainable city with Andrew Ross

10/28/2011
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9206/9207
Focusing on areas such as water supply, metropolitan growth, renewable energy, downtown revitalization, immigration policy, and patterns of pollution, the book argues that urban managers have to base policy on combating environmental injustices in order to avoid replicating the condition of "eco-apartheid" that prevails in Phoenix and other major urban areas [...] [read more»]

Guantánamo at Home: An Evening with Families of US Terror Suspects

10/14/2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Proshansky Auditorium
As the tenth anniversary of September 11th is commemorated across the country, most public attention to the civil liberties and human rights abuses of the US ‘War on Terror’ still focuses overseas – to the abuses at Guantánamo, Bagram, and CIA rendition sites. This event is focused on the stories of families whose loved ones are suffering rights abuses in terrorism cases being prosecuted within the American federal judicial system. Family members will tell their own stories of the human and civil rights violations here in US courts and prisons. [read more»]

Google v. China: Film Screening and Discussion with Ying Zhu

10/11/2011
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Room 9204
Information is key to the new global geopolitical and geoeconomic frontier. In a fight to regulate information flow, the Chinese government has blocked Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and censored information that it deems detrimental in the name of “Chinese national interest.” Last year Google refused to comply with Chinese censorship laws and moved its search engine servers to Hong Kong, leaving room for Chinese homegrown search engine Baidu to expand significantly. The Google China Standoff calls attention to the restricted nature of cyberspace and the visibility of the state in regulating, virtually, national borders. As political interest is imbued with economic interest, the long-fought global trade war is now on information. Meanwhile, unfiltered information is becoming a precious good for netizens. [read more»]

Arundhati Roy: Walking with the Comrades

11/09/2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Proshansky Auditorium
Arundhati Roy was born in 1959 in Shillong, India. She studied architecture in New Delhi, where she now lives. She has worked as a film designer and screenplay writer in India. Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize. The novel has been translated into dozens of languages worldwide. She has written several non-fiction books, including The Cost of Living, Power Politics, War Talk, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, and Public Power in the Age of Empire. Roy was featured in the BBC television documentary Dam/age, which is about the struggle against big dams in India. A collection of interviews with Arundhati Roy by David Barsamian was published as The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile. Her recent work includes Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers, and a contribution to the forthcoming anthology Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Her latest book, Walking with the Comrades was just published by Penguin Books. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize. [read more»]