1 March 2018
Abstract: Professor Newman will be talking about the fact that over the last 10 years Karl Marx has emerged as a pop-icon across genres and across the globe; Marx's image can be found on t-shirts, coffee mugs, memes, garden gnomes sold on Etsy, and on piggy banks. Newman will explain why Marx has emerged as a pop-icon, and she will be taking a closer look at a handful of international artists, who, unbeknownst to each other, have been using Marx's image and Marx's Das Kapital in their work.
Author Bio: Kathy M. Newman is Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon where she writes about the history of mass culture in the US with an emphasis on representation and social change. She is currently finishing a book on 1950s labor films, titled, How the Fifties Worked: Mass Culture and the Decade the Unions Made. This spring Newman is also curating an art show that critically examines Marx and capitalism in the lead up to the 200th birthday of Karl Marx in May 2018. You can read more about it here: http://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/humanities-center/
April 9 - 10
Presenter: Dr. Mindy Fullilove
Title: Reflections on 400 years of inequality
Abstract: 2019 will mark the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans in Jamestown, to be sold into bondage. The creation of chattel slavery had many evil consequences, among them the enshrinement of inequality in law, custom and the Constitution. This talk will reflect on the costs of inequality, and the call for the US to prepare for and observe 2019 as the anniversary of Jamestown.
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