[act-ma] Center for Marxist Education - February Events

Casey Doyle cdoyle1477 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 13:12:56 PST 2016

*February Events*
Center for Marxist Education | 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 2nd Floor

*Red History Lecture Series*
*Walter Benjamin, Blanqui and the Politics of the Apocalypse*
Saturday, February 6th 3-5pm
Communist historian Doug Enaa Greene will lecture on Walter Benjamin and
his engagment with Blanqui and the vision of a revolutionary apocalypse.
Benjamin argued against leftist ideas of progress, fatalism, passivity, and
opportunism that always guarantee defeat and paralyze action. Benjamin
argued that the mere existence of capitalism was a catastrophe and argued
for the primacy of politics and action to overthrow class society.

*Sunday Film Night*
*The Black Power Mixtape*
Sunday, February 14th 6:00pm
During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 60's and 70's, Swedish
Television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for
their audience back home, having been granted unprecedented access to
prominent leaders such as Angela Davis, the SNCC's Stokely Carmichael, and
Black Panthers founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Now, after more
than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a
decade of Black Power is finally available. Director Goran Hugo Olsson
presents this mixtape, highlighting the key figures and events in the
movement, as seen in a light completely different than the narrative of the
American media at the time. Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Abiodun Oyewole, John
Forte, and Robin Kelley are among the many important voices providing
narration and commentary, adding modern perspective to this essential time
capsule of African-American history. (96 minutes)

*Marxism and the African-American National Question*
Saturday, February 20th 3-5pm
In 1928 and 1930, the Communist International passed two resolutions
affirming that the African-American was a national question. In 1963,
Chairman Mao wrote two letters, drawing on those resolutions and also
recognizing the African-American as a national question. Much has changed,
but Marxism still faces the challenge of applying Lenin's great work on
democratic tasks to what is probably the most important national question
in the world. Parallels are drawn with the Palestinian national question
and the many changes Palestinians have faced since 1948. A presentation and
discussion led by Wadi'h Halabi.

*Lenin: State and Revolution*
Thursday, February 25th - 7:00pm
Join members of the Communist Party of Boston to discuss Lenin's book State
and Revolution - The Marxist Theory of the State and the Tasks of the
Proletariat in the Revolution.

*Center for Marxist Education Hours*
In addition to our event times we are open the following evenings:
Monday – 4-8
Tuesday – 4-8
Wednesday – 4-8
Check our Facebook to see which other days we will be open
The Center has been made possible for over 4 decades by volunteer time and
contributions from you. If you wish to help us keep the Center going and
new books coming in, donations can be made by sending a check made out to
mailed to:
Center for Marxist Education
PO Box 390459
Cambridge, MA 02139
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