[URPE] [NYC] Brecht Forum Intensive: Does Marx Matter?
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See the Brecht Forum Website for more info:
DOES MARX MATTER?
27th Annual Intensive Introduction to Marxist Theory
A 4-DAY INTENSIVE STUDY OF MARXISM
Opening: July 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sessions: July 21-24, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Registration: July 20th at 6:00 pm (preregistration advised).
At the Brecht Forum's New York Marxist School, 451 West Street, New York
If you are planning to attend from out of town and need a place to stay,
please check our list of low-cost lodgings and hostels. To insure
low-cost housing, it is important to make your reservations early.
For more information call,
At the beginning of the 21st Century, it is becoming obvious to many
that capitalism is an obstacle to the kind of world we want and need.
The world is marked by war and repression. More than two billion people
subsist on less than $2 per day, while the assets of the three
wealthiest individuals surpasses the GDP of the 48 poorest nations.
But these times don't seem to make any sense. If we want to change
things, we need to understand how capitalism works. Can Marxism help us
to grapple with the roots and branches of today's problems? ...or is it
just, as some maintain, a relic of the past?
Join other activists and critical thinkers for a provocative 4-day
summer session at the Brecht Forum, a leading center for activist
education. Through lectures, readings and lively discussion, in an
adamantly non-sectarian and open-minded environment, participants will
become familiar with some of the major concepts in marxist thought and
examine whether-and in what respects--they are still relevant today.
Our perspective will be that of Marx himself, who argued that capitalism
was both productive and destructive at the same time. With all of its
dehumanizing features, he believed that it opened possibilities to go
beyond capitalism to the complete abolition of class domination and the
full flowering of our individual and social capacities.
Marx did not view his work as either a blueprint for change or a dogma
that excludes other traditions. He cautioned his readers to "doubt
everything." Further, he always assumed that those engaged in struggle
would have to continually analyze their changing situations.
We will also look at how three contemporary theorists have built on the
Marxist tradition, particularly to flesh out the interdependence of
capital with colonialism, racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.:
. Walter Rodney, whose classic work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,
examined the workings of colonialism within the capitalist system.
. Ted Allen , author of the path breaking study, The Invention of the
White Race, which traced the origins of racism based on skin color and
its particular place in U.S. history.
. Silvia Federici who documents what it took to submit women to the
capitalist system in Caliban and the Witch
We will place a special emphasis on Marx's Capital, his historical
method and cutting through the dominant ideology and forms of social
control that permeate the history of capitalism. In the process, we hope
to find tools of analysis that can help us think more strategically and
act more effectively.
Participants will be encouraged to bring questions from their own
activist practice and reading.
Registration & Fees
Sliding Scale: $85/$125
Registration: Wednesday, July 20, 6:00 pm
Partial scholarships are available.
Pre-registration is advised.
Ellen Braune works as a media consultant with New Channels
Communications. She has developed media campaigns for such groups as
Demos-USA and the National Labor Committee where she was involved in the
year long Gap campaign and the Kathy Lee Gifford/Wal/Mart expose.
Humberto Brown is International Secretary of the Black Radical Congress
and a Brecht Forum Board Member.
Steve Duncombe, author of Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics
of Alternative Culture and editor of the Cultural Resistance Reader,
teaches at New York University.
Silvia Federici is author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, The Body and
Primitive Accumulation, and editor of Enduring Western Civilization :
The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and Its "Others."
Anna Maria Flores teaches at the Borough of Manhattan Community College
and was a friend and colleague of the late Ted Allen.
Randy Martin is Associate Dean of Faculty of Interdisciplinary Programs
at New York University and a professor of Art and Public Policy. He is
author, most recently, of On Your Marx and The Financialization of Daily
Annette Rubinstein a member of the Brecht Forum Advisory Board, is the
author of American Literature: Root and Flower and The Great Tradition
in English Literature from Shakespeare to Shaw.
Lincoln Van Sluytman was a coordinator of Groundings, a commemoration of
the life of Walter Rodney held in Guyana in June 2005. He has been a
political activist for many years and has worked closely with the
Working People's Alliance of Guyana.
Richard Wolff teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts.
Among other works, he is the author, with Stephen Ressnick, of Knowledge
and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy, and Class Theory and
History: Capitalism and Communism in the USSR.
& Others TBA
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