The Institute for the Critical Study of Society
at the 
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library

 

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

 

OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE

 

(NOTE: These are all tentative and may be changed. Please check back the week before, or sign up for our weekly reminders/updates at cuyleruyle@mac.com)

Sun, Feb 28, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Recent Past and Future of Peace and Solidarity Movements, 2008 - 2021 and Beyond 
The anti-war movements in the US and across the globe were at their peaks through the first years of the post-9/11 wars.  They were broad, diverse, international, and powerful.  They did not succeed in preventing the 2003 US/UK invasion of Iraq, but they set the stage for future movements and future victories, including stopping US bombing campaigns in Syria and escalation in Iran, parts of the Arab Spring uprisings,  and more.  By the time the Obama administration came into office in 2008, the movement in the US was already facing new challenges.  And over the next several years its power, size, breadth, and influence  had all diminished.  Many blamed it on "oh the peace movement was just too enthralled with Obama" and they stopped working.  But that claim, while holding a grain of truth among a few sectors of the movement, does not explain the changes.  Phyllis will discuss that history, and look forward to today's legacy and new anti-war organizations, and the rise of anti-war/anti-militarism components in a broad range of intersectional organizations. 
About the speaker: Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where she directs the New Internationalism Project, focusing on Middle East, U.S. wars and UN issues. For many years she has been a role model for those who would change US foreign policy by combining activism with crucial research and analysis.  In 2001 Phyllis helped found the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and now serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She works with many anti-war and Palestinian rights organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East issues and was twice short-listed to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Phyllis has written and edited eleven books. Among her latest is the just-published 7th updated edition of her popular Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Other important works include Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power.

LOGIN INFORMATION
The meeting will be opened up, as usual, at 10:15 for anyone to join and discuss technical matters, catch up with each other, say Hi, etc. We Intend to start the presentation as close to 10:30 am as possible. The program (and recording) will end at 12:30, but the Waiting Room will remain open for informal discussion.

 

Raj Sahai will provide log-in info here by Friday.

 

 

 

PLANNED FUTURE PROGRAMS

The following programs are in various stages of planning.

 

 

 

Sun, Mar  7, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE: Ecology
We have scheduled ICSS member Raj Sahai to speak on this or a related topic on this date.

Sun, Mar  14, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Collective Worker Action in the Tech Industry
A look at both the history of collective actions taken by workers in the tech industry and the current state of the movement. Tech has long been seen as an industry that has resisted worker organization for many reasons. However, there has actually been a long history of organization among tech workers. And, in the last few years, there has been a groundswell of worker organizing in many of the largest tech companies including Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. What are the strategies that have been taken by the movement to build worker power and how successful have they been? What is different and unique about organizing workers in the tech industry? Come find out!
Bios:
Sarvesh Rajasekaran has been working in the tech industry as an engineer and product manager for over a decade and helps maintain Collective Action in Tech. He has also been a community organizer for Bernie 2020 and Homes not Handcuffs among other electoral and issue campaigns.
Kristen will provide her bio shortly!

Sun, Mar  21, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
History of the U. S. Working Class
We have invited John Holmes to speak on this topic.

Sun, Mar 28, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Apr  4, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Apr 11, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Apr  18, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Apr  25, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May  2, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May  9, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May  16, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May  23 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May  30, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 6, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 13, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 20: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 2, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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UNDER CONSIDERATION

Sun, Jan xx, 20XX: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
AS NEEDED: Group Reading: The Communist Manifesto

This is the foundational work of Marxism and we will go through it paragraph by paragraph, with ample opportunity for discussion. Be prepared to voice, and defend, your views!

Sun, Jan xx, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
PERHAPS: Is Facebook Rewiring Our Brains? "If you are not paying for the product, you are the product."
Open discussion of Netflix film. The Social Dilemma. Gene might organize.

Sun, Jan xx, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
PERHAPS?: The Social Metabolism of Imperialism 
This will continue the theoretical work of ICSS member Eugene E Ruyle which applies Marx’s labor theory of value to the analysis of non-capitalist as well as capitalist systems, leading to a theoretic framework Ruyle calls social thermodynamics or social metabolism. Ruyle’s tslk will be part of a larger project,  “The Evolution of Human Energetic Systems”

Sunday near May 3, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE Postponed from last  year: Elazar on the Scientific Analysis of Stalinism.
(Elazar 88th Birthday celebration after)

Sunday, Sep 5, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 
TENTATIVE (Postponed from 2020): Reclaiming the True Legacy of Labor Day
This will an updated repeat of a talk given at the San Jose Peace Center in 2017 by ICSS member Eugene E Ruyle.

 

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