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 - Hutchinson Commons 5706 S. University Avenue
Speakers and Moderator:
Bob Bossie, SCJ, 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 non-violence. He has spoken and traveled widely (the Middle East, Latin America), and has been arrested and jailed on numerous occasions for engaging in non-violent 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 is Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology at the 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.
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.
The Revolution We Need... The Leadership We Have A Message and A Call from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA from Revolution newspaper (read more)
A DECLARATION:For Women's Liberation And The Emancipation Of All Humanity Special Reprint from Revolution newspaper (read more)
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FOREST GATE by Peter Akinti
Set in London, Somalia and Brazil, Peter Akinti's debut is a beautifully wrought, profoundly affecting and sometimes violent novel rich in the true history of our time. As he confronts the daily trauma that confronts teenagers brought together from all over the world to London, Akinti's writing radiates honesty, an uncompromising clarity, and a refreshingly original voice. (read more)
JUST KIDS by Patti Smith
Patti Smith's first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. (read more)
Why Evolution IS True
by Jerry Coyne
...a succinct and accessible summary of the facts supporting Darwinian evolution. Scientists today are finding species splitting in two, observing natural selection changing animals and plants before our eyes, and discovering more and more fossils capturing change in the past-dinosaurs that have sprouted feathers, fish that have grown limbs. Jerry Coyne eloquently shows that evolution does not destroy the beauty of life but enhances it.(read more)
Of Primeval Steps & Future Leaps An Essay on the Emergence of Human Beings, the Source of Women's Oppression, and the Road to Emancipation by Ardea Skybreak
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