[act-ma] Center for Marxist Education Events and Hours

Casey Doyle cdoyle1477 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 13 10:34:46 PDT 2014

*Sunday Film & Discussion Night*

Hosted by Richard Pendleton

Please join us on the following Sundays for showing of various movies and
documentaries followed by a discussion on the evening's topic


Sunday, April 13th - 6PM
The fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City
on March 25, 1911, was the gruesome culmination of years of unrest in
America's most profitable manufacturing industry. Two years earlier, led by
a spontaneous walkout in the same factory, twenty thousand garment workers,
in the largest women's strike in American history, took to the streets of
New York to protest working conditions. They gained the support of both
progressives and leading women in New York's high society. But it took the
tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the death of one hundred and
forty-eight young women and the ensuing national outrage, to force
government action. From producer Jamila Wignot (Walt Whitman, Jesse James,
The Massie Affair) comes Triangle Fire (wt), a one-hour film chronicling
the tragedy that shook New York and forever changed the relationship
between labor and industry in the United States. 60 minutes. (2011)


Sunday, April 20th - 6PM

It is the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and
almost anything goes. We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game
and the rules of engagement. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S.
government condoned torture occur in corners across the globe, generating
unprecedented civilian casualties. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill
(author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Mercenary Army) traces
the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting
force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by men who do not
exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is
off-limits for the JSOC kill list, not even U.S. citizens. Director Richard
Rowley and whistle-blower Scahill s DIRTY WARS is a chilling battle cry for
the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists. 86 minutes.

*Single Payer Heath Series*

Hosted by Sandy Eaton

*Single Payer Health Series - Health Care USA: Social Good versus Corporate

Monday, April 14th - 7PM

Comprising 17.9% of the US economy, the healthcare industry incorporates
Minute Clinics and GE, for-profit and not-for-profit conglomerates,
community health centers and academic medical centers, drug and device
manufacturers, public and private insurance and funding streams. How did it
get this way? Where is it going.


Bolshevism:How the Party was Built - A Talk with Steve Iverson

Saturday, April 19th 3-5 PM

100 years ago, Europe was beset by WWI. Just 3 years later, Lenin's
Bolshevik Party led workers to power in Russia. How did a party of only
8,000 members in February 1917 grow to a quarter of a million in less than
nine months, and win the majority of workers, peasants, and soldiers to
take power in a virtually bloodless October Revolution? How was this party
constructed? How were its members educated and developed? How did it
weather repression and the ebbs and flows of the struggle? What practical
lessons can 21st-century socialists gain from a careful study of Bolshevism?


Ernest Mandel's Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory

Tuesday, April 22nd - 6-9PM

Join the CPUSA Boston in studying Ernest Mandel's Introduction to Marxist
Economic Theory, which is a wonderful guide to Marxist political economy.



Black Against Empire: Learning the Lessons of the Black Panther Party

Wednesday, April 23rd - 6:30 PM

Please join us for a discussion of Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin's
recent book, "Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black
Panther Party." Come to discuss with others the legacies and the lessons of
the BPP, based on our shared reading of this ground-breaking scholarly
study of one of the United States most important home-grown--and
misunderstood--revolutionary organizations. What does the history of the
BPP have to teach those seeking to build a movement for radical social
change today?


*SCRUTINY: Poetry, Thought, Politics*
*Radical Medievalism: David Hadbawnik and Daniel Remein*

Friday, April 25th 6-9PM

What is the relationship between poetry and politics?  What does an
attention to something as seemingly distant as the medieval period have to
offer radical poetry and politics today?  How has the institutionalization
of literary studies in "English Departments" affected the ways in which
poets and critics think through (or fail to think through) the articulation
of the political and poetic?  More specifically, how does the work of Jack
Spicer, an openly Queer radical poet with an affinity for the medieval,
continue to speak to our moment?  At 6:00 pm on Friday, 25 April 2014,
poet-critics David Hadbawnik and Daniel Remein will lead "Radical
Medievalism," a seminar attending to these questions. Following talks and
moderated discussion, Hadbawnik and Remein will read from their recent work
in poetry and translation.

*Red History Lecture Series*

Devotion and Resistance: Bizhan Jazani and the Iranian Fedai

Saturday, Mar 3rd 3-5PM

Communist historian Doug Enaa Greene will lecture on the Iranian Marxist
theorist Bizhan Jazani (1938-1975) and the armed Communist group, Organization
of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas. The Fedai were formed in the late
1960s as a guerrilla movement to overthrow the US-backed Shah of Iran and
bring about a socialist revolution. Although they have been overshadowed in
history by Ayatollah Khomeini and the rise of the Islamic Republic , it was
the Fedai who spearheaded resistance to the Shah.


*Spring Hours*

Monday - 4pm to 8pm

Tuesday - 4pm - 8pm

Wednesday 4pm - 8pm

Thursday 6pm - 8pm

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