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Towards A New Ecology of Justice: Intergenerational Trauma and the Social Nervous System
Date Sunday April 10
Time 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location Details
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorGene Ruyle
Emailcuyleruyle [at]
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

Towards A New Ecology of Justice: Intergenerational Trauma and the Social Nervous System
Talk of trauma is becoming increasingly prevalent, especially with the ongoing and shocking rise of violence in the US and globally. While western scientific knowledge has historically been produced and used to maintain hegemonic social control, a new synthesis in the biological sciences is emerging.  This emergent synthesis counters and de-naturalizes the central myth of capitalism, that competition and hierarchy are the primary motors of evolution, while offering new explanatory models and empirical evidence of how oppression and discrimination harm us down to the cellular level and is passed intergenerationally. 
The material impacts of injustice on the individual body and across generations can no longer be plausibly denied nor can humanity’s radical connectivity with one another, our social world, and our histories.  Bringing together the social theories of Gramsci and Foucault with an overview of pertinent findings in neuroscience and epigenetics, this talk will explore how we can understand the dynamic processes of social transformation and critique the liberatory potential of science in light of this compelling paradigm shift. Our speaker will be Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)

Seating is limited, so plan to come early. We start promptly.
FREE - but hat will be passed for donations to NPML

At NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609
For more info contact Gene Ruyle: Ph: 510-332-3865 Email: cuyleruyle [at]

About Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
A weekly discussion series inspired by our respect for the work of Karl Marx and our belief that his work will remain as important for the class struggles of the future as they have been for the past.

For info or to subscribe to our weekly announcements,
Call Gene Ruyle at 510-428-1578 or email: cuyleruyle [at]
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