Sunday, April 4th 4pm - Screening of clips from a talk by Bob Avakian
Featuring Clips from Disk 2:
What is Capitalism and A Lopsided Imperialist World.
Why It's Necessary
Why It's Possible
What It's All About
In 2003 Bob Avakian delivered this historic talk in the United States. This is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. It's all there-full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness.
And YOU are needed to spread this and be there this Sunday. You can what all or part of the video atrevolutiontalk.net
All are welcome to join us for discussion and dialogue
Wednesday April 7 · 7 pm · Technological Institute Room L361 ·
2145 Sheridan Rd · Northwestern University · Evanston, IL
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
With Filmmaker Emily Kunstler and Distinguished Panel: · Scott Frankel, Criminal Defense Attorney · Gregory Koger, Videographer · Thomas Geoghegan, Author and Labor Lawyer · Moderated by Bernardine Dohrn, Professor of Law
As one of the most important civil rights lawyers of the 1960s and 70s, William Kunstler was larger than life. He fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed "Chicago 8" activists protesting the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica Prison, to resist the terrible conditions, and when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, guess who they asked to represent them?
Filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler bring their father forward in time so a new generation can know who he really was. Their incredibly powerful film not only recounts the historic causes that William fought for; it also reveals a man who even his own daughters did not always comprehend, a man who risked public outrage and the safety of his family in the defense of justice. They tell it like it was and leave the viewer to decide - was William right?
Isn't dissent vital to the kind of society we want to live in? Yet critical voices are increasingly shut down and marginalized. Speeches are canceled and protest is criminalized. It is more important than ever to disturb the universe - before it is too late. Did you know that lawyers representing the Guantanamo detainees are being threatened as terrorist sympathizers? Threats to dissent and justice are going mainstream right under our noses.
Following the film, there will be a moderated panel discussion with questions taken from the audience which promises to engage and energize you.
Sunday, April 11th 4pm - Screening of clips from a talk by Bob Avakian
Featuring Clips From Disk 2:
How the World Got This Way and A Better World is Possible.
Why It's Necessary Why It's Possible What It's All About
There is nothing online like THIS: nothing that gets at these questions as deeply, thoroughly and truthfully as this. Millions of people are searching for the truth, and watching videos, short and long. Some of these give part of the answer; but some of them-including some of the most popular-give people bullshit answers, pointing people in the wrong direction and spreading poison. Here, and all over the world, people need to see Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About.
Friday, April 16th7:00-9:30 pm - University of Chicago
A Communist, A Scientist, and A Priest Sat Down To Discuss...
Morality To Change the World
With Sunsara Taylor, PZ Myers, & Bob Bossie, SCJ
Theodore Jennings, moderator
University of Chicago Reynolds Club - HutchinsonCommons 5706 S. University Avenue
WHO THEY ARE:
Bob Bossie, SJC, is a member of the international Catholic order of Priests of the Sacred Heart and a 30 year staff member of the 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago , where he works on issues of peace, human rights, economic justice and nonviolence. He has spoken and traveled widely (the Middle East, Latin America), and has been arrested and jailed on numerous occasions for engaging in nonviolent resistance actions. As a founding member of Voices in the Wilderness, he traveled to Iraq with medical supplies in direct violation of US/UN sanctions against that country.
Theodore (Ted) Jennings: Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to courses in New Testament and Theology he teaches courses in Queer theory, Marxist theory, and Deconstruction.
PZ Myers is an associate biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) and the author of the most-widely read science blog Pharyngula. PZ works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), and also cultivates an interest in cephalopods. He is a public critic of intelligent design (ID) and of the creationist movement in general and is an activist in the creation-evolution controversy. PZ Myers is an outspoken atheist and vocal skeptic of all forms of religion, superstition, and pseudoscience.
Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution Newspaper, a host of WBAI's Equal Time for Free Thought, and sits on the Advisory Board of World Can't Wait. She has written on the rise of theocracy, wars and repression in the U.S., led in building resistance to these crimes, and contributed to the movement for revolution to put an end to all this. She takes as her foundation the new synthesis on revolution and communism developed by Bob Avakian. You can find her impressive verbal battles with Bill O'Reilly and various political commentary on things from abortion to religion by searching "Sunsara Taylor" on youtube.
Co-sponsored by Chicago Theological Seminary - Revolution Books - Secular Students Alliance UofC
Wednesday, April 21, 7pm - Author Presentation and Book Signing AuthorJonathan Metzlwill speak about his new book
THE PROTEST PSYCHOSIS: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
Jonathan Metzl is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Women's Studies and Director of the Program in Culture, Health, and Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also authored Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs.
In the 1960s, the psychiatric diagnosis of schizophrenia morphed from a malady suffered by sensitive white intellectuals to one of disaffected, angry black men. Psychiatric professor Metzl explores changes in the profession from the 1920s to today but focuses particularly on the 1960s, which saw violent protests against racial discrimination. Metzl details the social, political, and cultural influences behind debates within the profession about what constituted mental illness. Drawing on case studies from Michigan's now-defunct Asylum for Insane Criminals in Ionia, 130 miles from racially volatile Detroit, Metzl illustrates how schizophrenia became a racialized disease. He analyzes black cultural allusions to double consciousness, from W. E. B. DuBois to modern-day rappers who have adapted notions of schizophrenia in response to American racism or as a social diagnosis of white America itself. --Vanessa Bush - Booklist
Suggested Donation - Adults $10, students are free
In this recent film from National Geographic, paleontologist Paul Sereno introduces five new species of crocodiles that lived amongst - and even hunted - dinosaurs in Cretaceous Africa. The diverse lifestyles of these bizarre animals shed new light on the evolution of crocodiles. Sereno contrasts the ecological roles of modern and ancient crocs and explores the amazing common adaptations that have allowed crocs to survive successfully for 200 million years.
When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs depicts the science as well as the process behind the discovery. Sereno's team used an array of scientific and artistic methods to bring their dynamic story to both an academic and a general audience. In addition to examining the fossil record, Sereno and his colleagues observed, filmed, and dissected modern crocodiles to understand their design and physiology. Computer tomography revealed the braincase and other internal structures of the skull. Cutting-edge artists brought the extinct crocs to life through illustration, flesh modeling, and computer animation. The resulting 144 page publication and full-length National Geographic film, released simultaneously in November 2009, have received acclaim and interest from scientists and enthusiasts around the world.
"I see paleontology as 'adventure with a purpose.' How else to describe a science that allows you to romp in remote corners of the globe, resurrecting gargantuan creatures that have never been seen? And the trick to big fossil finds? You've got to be able to go where no one has gone before."
- Paul Sereno
In 1999 Sereno co-founded Project Exploration, a nonprofit science education organization that makes science accessible to the public-especially minority youth and girls-through personalized experiences with scientists and science. Project Exploration involves the public in the excitement of scientific discovery.