December 1 and December 8, 2016
Marxist School Point of View Lecture
In December we will have two Point of View lectures, on Thursday, December 1 and Thursday, December 8. For the full fall/winter 2016 schedule please see our Speaker Series page.
Both programs will be held at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, ROOM 12, Sacramento, CA (between Castro Way and 4th Ave.)
Room 12 is at the south end of the building, opposite end from the restrooms. .
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1: Peter Linebaugh talking about his new book The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Linebaugh writes, "May Day is about affirmation, the love of life, and the start of spring, so it has to be about the beginning of the end of the capitalist system of exploitation, oppression, war, and overall misery, toil, and moil." It is a day that has made the rich and powerful cower in fear and caused Parliament to ban the Maypole—a magnificent and riotous day of rebirth, renewal, and refusal. These reflections on the Red and the Green—out of which arguably the only hope for the future lies—are populated by the likes of Native American anarcho-communist Lucy Parsons, the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, Karl Marx, José Martí, W.E.B. Du Bois, Rosa Luxemburg, SNCC, and countless others, both sentient and verdant.
The book is an essential compendium of reflections on the reviled, glorious, and voltaic occasion of May 1st; a forceful reminder of the potentialities of the future, for the coming of a time when the powerful will fall, the commons restored, and a better world born anew.
Peter Linebaugh spoke for the Marxist School in March 2014, presenting his book Stop, Thief!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, Mat Callahan will present his new book The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975. As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, “flower power,” “acid rock,” and “hippies”; The Explosion of Deferred Dreams offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the counterculture.
Mat Callahan, with Yvonne Moore, has appeared twice for the Marxist School with their commemoration of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland, and celebration of the life of James Connolly.
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