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Online events with Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, Peter Linebaugh, Kate Raworth, etc.
by Toward increasing Networking
Wednesday Jun 16th, 2021 11:39 PM
Here are some 2 dozen events taking place over the next week (and starting at 8 am tomorrow, June 17), featuring people such as Naomi Klein, Vijay Prasad, Vandana Shiva, Cynthia Kaufman, Peter Linebaugh, Debbie Bookchin, Kate Raworth, and many others.

These events are hosted from various locations all across the country, as well from Canada, and the UK (however, the listed times are all for our "Pacific time zone"). Of course, feel free to share this info with others who might be interested in it.
Upcoming Online Events:

Thu, 6/17 to Sat, 6/19 -- 19th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress -- We are bringing together researchers, activists, artists, and policy makers to focus our collective expertise, experiences, and energies, to move the vision of a universal guaranteed basic income forward. Now more than ever, we see the need to connect what we have learned and continue to learn from empirical evidence and other research to those who are on the ground advocating and organizing movements, and those in our countries’ capitols setting policy for years to come. Join us as we move from crisis response to building the foundational underpinnings of society for the next generation. Come share your knowledge, your know how, your insights, and your passion, as we harness a burgeoning interest and greater commitment to the need for a basic income guarantee:

Thu, 6/17, 8 am -- The Age of Surveillance Capitalism with Professor Shoshana Zuboff -- The culmination of a series of major interventions into the rise of technological society, predicting how computers would revolutionise the modern workplace and exploring the implications of digitally mediated products and services. Today in the age of working from home and the great digital pivot, digital users are, more than ever, the raw material for new procedures of manufacturing and sales that are defining a new economic order: the surveillance economy. Professor Zuboff’s account of these developments exposes the mechanisms of this new political economic order and explores their social and political implications -- Speaker: Scholar, writer, and activist Shoshana Zuboff is the author of three major books, each of which signaled the start of a new epoch in technological society. Professor Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School and a faculty associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights -- Discussant: Professor Simon Reid-Henry is Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor in Historical and Political Geography at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author, most recently, of Empire of Democracy: The Remaking of the West after the Cold War, 1971-2017:

Thu, 6/17, 9 am -- The Zapatistas in Europe: why their visit to Europe is important -- This is the first in a series of webinars leading up to the delegation of Zapatistas visit to the UK. In this first webinar, we will discuss the history of the Zapatistas and their struggle against neoliberalism and for humanity. The presentations will be in both English and Spanish. Live translation will be available -- With Samantha and Teresa Castellanos from Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra y el Agua, Morelos, Puebla y Tlaxcala (The Peoples' Front in Defence of Land and Water - Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala or FPDTA-MPT), a movement across three states in Mexico resisting mega projects and defending the lands of indigenous peoples; Mercedes Fernández, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London; and Levi Gahman, who works at the University of Liverpool and conducts engaged movement research on anti-colonial praxis, environmental defence, and gender justice with grassroots organisers and rural landworkers, and is author of Land, God, and Guns: Settler Colonialism and Masculinity:

Thu, 6/17, 9 am -- Power Shift -- A conversation with Peter Newell, author of 'Power Shift: The Global Political Economy of Energy Transitions' -- Contrary to mainstream framings, transitioning to a zero carbon economy in a timely and fair fashion requires a power shift away from the beneficiaries of a high carbon economy towards a disparate set of actors in the frontline of climate change and those that can gain from a more sustainable economy. Due to the concentration of power in actors and institutions that benefit from unsustainability and over whom we have limited control, we need a global power shift that requires not only comprehensive democratisation but also broad mobilisation of labour, environmental, indigenous groups and human rights activists -- Professor Newell will offer an overview of his book, with responses from Dr Chris Hesketh (Oxford Brookes University), author of Spaces of Capital/Spaces of Resistance: Mexico and the Global Political Economy, and Dr Hayley Stevenson (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella), author of Global Environmental Politics: Problems, Policy, and Practice:

Thu, 6/17, 10 am -- A Drink with the Idler: Ruth Kinna and Tom Hodgkinson -- Join the Idler for a chat about anarchism with political theorist Ruth Kinna and editor Tom Hodgkinson plus philosophy from Dr Mark Vernon -- Ruth Kinna is a political theorist, historian of ideas and co-founder and member of the Anarchism Research Group at Loughborough University. She is the author of Great Anarchists (Dog Section Press, 2020), The Government of No One (Pelican, 2019), The Beginner's Guide to Anarchism (Oneworld 2009) -- Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to be Idle and How to be Free -- Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts):

Thu, 6/17, 10 am -- Book Review & Discussion : Superintelligence -- In this event, you’ll learn: Why we’re much closer to superintelligence than history would indicate, How we can keep superintelligence from turning against us, and Why superintelligence would make all human work obsolete -- Nick Bostrom is a Swedish-born philosopher and polymath with a background in theoretical physics, computational neuroscience, logic, and artificial intelligence, as well as philosophy. He is Professor at Oxford University, where he leads the Future of Humanity Institute as its founding director. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (2008), Human Enhancement (2009), and Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014):

Thu, 6/17, 10 am -- How to fight the climate crisis with Naomi Klein and Elizabeth Wathuti -- No Logo author Naomi Klein will be in conversation with climate activist Elizabeth Wathuti -- Klein has written urgently about the disaster that awaits us if we do not act to reverse the climate crisis. In How to Change Everything, written specifically for younger readers, she addresses the climate emergency, while also presenting empowering stories and tools for joining the fight for climate justice -- Wathuti, having grown up in Nyeri County, revered for having the highest forest cover in Kenya, Wathuti founded an environmental club while in school. In 2016 she also founded the Green Generation Initiative, a tree-planting scheme that encourages young people to get involved in climate action:

Thu, 6/17, 11 am -- State power, transitions and social revolution - a series of three lectures -- This series of lectures examines the Marxist idea of revolution as encompassing the passage of state power from one class to another as part of the transition from one mode of production to a higher one -- The lecture for June 17 will be: ‘The transition to Socialism’, with Professor Vijay Prashad, which will examine the transition from Capitalism to Socialism and the ongoing struggle to give birth to the socialist mode -- (Note: On 6/2, Dr Jonathan White started the series by examining the Marxist theory of revolutionary change as transitions between modes of production; and on 6/10 Professor James Crossley addessed the transition from feudalism to capitalism and how that particular revolutionary transition unleashed the capitalist mode of production):

Thu, 6/17, 12 Noon -- A Junteenth Tribute to James Baldwin on Zoom -- James Baldwin's personal life and literary legacy are explored through his diverse life-long friendships and muses, his front-line political activism, and his cross-cultural connections and influences while living in Paris. This up close and intimate conversation includes British writer and former editor of the Times Literary Supplement James Campbell, author of Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin, who knew Baldwin in Paris, Brooklyn based writer/essayist Clifford Thompson, What It Is: Race, Family and One Thinking Black Man's Blues and host Bay Area writer/poet and playwright Jewelle Gomez, Waiting for Giovanni:

Thu, 6/17, 3 pm -- Collectively Imagining De-Gentrified and Abolition -- What does it mean to truly reckon with, reclaim, and re-envision a liberated future for all through a decolonized, de-gentrified, and abolitionist framework? Black, Indigenous, and all communities of color have been suffering from racialized capitalism since long before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has exacerbated land displacement, rent burden, economic inequality, and police violence. This program will highlight cultural collectives that are unleashing popular imagination and shared vision to build an abolitionist and de-gentrified future, and discuss concrete ways that we can enact this future together -- With the Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB), an intergenerational, womxn-led collective driven by the fundamental belief that our cultural, material, and aesthetic modes of production have the power to advance social change; Dr. Lisa K. Bates, PhD, an associate professor at Portland State University in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning; The Sunset Park Popular Assembly, an autonomous, self-managed, directly democratic space that centers the perspectives and interests of the popular sectors of Sunset Park; Gisselle Jiménez was born in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and who is uplifting her family’s traditional ways of preserving and sharing knowledge through her labor as an artist, educator, and organizer and Shaun Lin, who is pursuing a PhD in geography at the CUNY Graduate Center, and an organizer with Sunset Park for a Liberated Future (SPLF), and No New Jails NYC:

Thu, 6/17, 4 pm -- China and the new Cold War -- Join Danny Haiphong and Ben Norton for a discussion on US/China relations and the current pervasive demonization of China as a rival to American hegemony. The US has embarked on a $1.7 Trillion dollar thirty year plan to rebuild and upgrade our nuclear arsenal, China and Russia have answered in kind. Join this discussion about why this has happened, how it threatens the future of life on our planet, and how we can organize and advocate against this dangerous, unnecessary, and absurdly expensive new development -- Danny Haiphong is a Contributing Editor of Black Agenda Report, Co-Host of The Left Lens, an organizer with No Cold War, and co-author of American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror -- Ben Norton is assistant editor of the investigative journalism website The Grayzone. He produces the political podcast and video show Moderate Rebels, which he co-hosts with The Grayzone editor and founder Max Blumenthal:

Thu, 6/17, 6 pm -- California Doughnut Economics Coalition - Book Club -- Is currently reading All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis -- About the Book Club: A unique opportunity to read and share some information and inspirational conversation on important issues. The book club is an unbiased and safe forum that opens our minds to ideas and information for a more in-depth look at our world, our community, and hopefully ourselves -- Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month: For 6/17, the club will be discussing Part 2 - Advocate & Part 3 - Reframe:

Fri, 6/18, 9 am to Sat, 6/19, 2 pm -- Nourishing Life Conference -- We face climate crises, epidemic chronic disease, a global pandemic and major threats to our food supply. How we nourish ourselves and our soil is intimately related to each of these challenges. Imagine regenerative solutions that tap the wisdom of nature, our ancestors, and our new understanding of the physiology of immunity and chronic disease -- With Vandana Shiva, PhD, an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, ecofeminist and anti-globalization author who will be speaking on the broken global food system and the link between soil health and human health; Drew Ramsey, MD, who is a psychiatrist, author, farmer, and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, who will be addressing the link between nutrition and mental health; Christine Jones, PhD, founder of Amazing Carbon and Carbon for Life Inc., who will be speaking on optimizing the liquid carbon pathway and microbial diversity in healthy soil; and 5 others:

Fri, 6/18, 9:30 am -- The Hope Of Regenerative Agriculture -- Join Rod Olson as we chat about the hope Regenerative Agriculture holds for the planet, farming, and future generations. The idea of Regenerative Agriculture has received a lot of attention from the media and big corporations recently. As the title suggests, Regenerative Agriculture centres regenerating ecosystems that have been decimated from unhealthy and colonial farming practices. Used since time immemorial by Indigenous groups around the world, farming in this way is not a new ideology. Rod explores what drives his passion for Regenerative Agriculture and how he hopes it will change the way we think about farming -- Rod is passionate about building a Local Food Shed- a system of food production that puts the task of feeding ourselves increasingly into our own hands, all year round. He believes Regenerative Agriculture and soil health is key to combatting climate change, strengthening the earth's ecology, and a system that benefits farmers more than conventional agriculture. Rod is currently engaging with Regenerative Agriculture practices, and is excited to implement such principles on his newly purchased land:

Fri, 6/18, 2 pm -- Propaganda and Personality Cults from Mussolini to the Present -- Join us for a discussion on propaganda and personality cults in the age of the strongman leader with historian and cultural critic Ruth Ben-Ghiat. We will use a transnational approach to explore what has changed and what has stayed the same over one hundred years of authoritarian rule. We will also discuss ways to combat the spread of misinformation and disinformation in the digital age -- Ruth Ben Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. She is an expert on fascism, authoritarianism, war, and propaganda. Most recently, she is the author of Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present (Norton 2020):

Sat, 6/19, 8:30 am -- George Floyd’s Legacy -- A moment of remembrance and an insight into the George Floyd Foundation underscoring the importance of racial equity -- Shareeduh Tate and Tera Brown, members of the Floyd family, present this moment of remembrance and an update on the George Floyd Foundation initiatives. Moderated by Tezlyn Figaro, political consultant and senior Advisor for the George Floyd Foundation

Sat, 6/19, 10 am -- Detroit Public Library Author Series Presents: Annette Gordon-Reed -- Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond -- Annette Gordon-Reed won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Her other books include Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History and a biography of Andrew Johnson, and with Peter S. Onuf she co-authored Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. The Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University, Gordon-Reed’s honors include the National Humanities Medal, a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” and the Frederick Douglass Prize:

Sat, 6/19, 5 pm -- Understanding Juneteenth: An Online Presentation -- Learn the history of Emancipation Day as a holiday, now commonly referred to as "Juneteenth," and how it has been celebrated throughout the US. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. We want to make sure that with the commercialization of the celebration we don't forget the true significance and importance of the holiday. It is vital that the history of Emancipation is not distorted or lost; this is why we are hosting this presentation:

Sun, 6/20, 8 am -- Artificial You: AI and the future of your mind -- Can robots really be conscious? Can we merge with artificial intelligence (AI) as tech leaders like Elon Musk and Ray Kurzweil suggest? Is your mind just a program? -- Join Susan Schneider, author of Artificial You, as she examines what AI can truly achieve -- Given the rapid pace of progress in AI, many predict that AI could advance to human-level intelligence within the next several decades, and from there, quickly outpace it. Susan will urge that while it’s inevitable that AI will take intelligence in new directions, it’s up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. As AI technology turns inward, reshaping the brain, as well as outward, potentially creating machine minds, it’s crucial to beware. Homo sapiens, as mind designers, will be playing with ‘tools’ they do not understand how to use: the self, the mind, and consciousness:

Mon, 6/21, 10 am to Fri, 6/25 -- Reactionary Digital Politics: Ideologies, Rhetorics, Aesthetics -- A five-day series of interdisciplinary conversations about online politics, right-wing populism and reactionary ideologies -- 6/21: Reactionary Ideas and Ideologies, Online & Off; 6/22: Mapping Online Extremism & the Far Right; 6/23: Reactionary Rhetorics & Aesthetics; 6/24: Reactionary Politics and Digital Platforms; 6/25: In Conversation with Whitney Phillips and Quinn Slobodian -- Phillips is co-author of You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Media Landscape; and Slobodian is author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism and the co-editor of Nine Lives of Neoliberalism -- Please see the Eventbrite page for more descriptions and participant bios:

Mon, 6/21, 10:30 am -- William Blake vs the World, with John Higgs -- Join us for a wild journey through culture, science, philosophy and religion to better understand the mercurial genius William Blake in the twenty-first century. Blake famously experienced visions, and it is these that shaped his attitude to politics, sex, religion, society and art. Thanks to the work of neuroscientists and psychologists, we are now in a better position to understand what was happening inside that remarkable mind, and gain a deeper appreciation of his brilliance. His timeless work, we will find, has never been more relevant -- In his book and talk, cultural historian and novelist John Higgs will return to a world of riots, revolutions and radicals, discuss movements from the Levellers of the sixteenth century to the psychedelic counterculture of the 1960s, and explore the latest discoveries in neurobiology, quantum physics and comparative religion. HIggs's previous books include: The KLF, Stranger Than We Can Imagine, Watling Street, and The Future Starts Here:

Mon, 6/21, 10:30 am -- How Empire Turned People into Patients: Big Pharma's Early Modern Roots -- During the eighteenth century, trends in overseas trade, enslaved labour, and colonial warfare hastened a turn toward viewing individuals as interchangeable patients who could be targets of similar medicines. Before germ theory, antibiotics, or x-rays—before so much of what people think makes medicine “modern”—a key part of how we relate to our bodies was reshaped by the exigencies of the early modern British empire. Drawing on historical examples from my book, Merchants of Medicines, this lecture traces the emergence of an expectation that people could be interchangeable patients from the late seventeenth century to the ramifications of such an idea in today’s “big pharma.” -- Zachary Dorner is a historian and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland (USA), and author of Merchants of Medicines: The Commerce and Coercion of Health in Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century:

Mon, 6/21, 2:30 pm -- End Poverty Action: National Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers One Year Campaign Kick-Off -- Join our virtual rally on June 21st, when the Poor People’s Campaign will launch a one year campaign fighting forward every day against poverty and other systemic ills towards a massive, generationally-transformative Moral March on Washington and Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly in one year in June 2022. We are demanding of our government a Third Reconstruction in America that addresses poverty and low wages from the bottom up, as well as systemic racism, voter suppression, health care access, and other critical human rights issues. Drawing on the transformational history of the First Reconstruction following the Civil War and the Second Reconstruction of the civil rights struggles of the 20th century, the Third Reconstruction is a revival of our constitutional commitment to establish justice, provide for the general welfare, end decades of austerity, and recognize that policies that center the 140 million people living in poverty or with low wages in this nation are also good economic policies that can heal and transform the nation:

Tue, 6/22, 11 am -- William Thompson Forum: Eve Olney on "The Living Commons: Reconfiguring the Social for Unknown Futures" -- The Living Commons is a holistic, social and ecological living, working and learning scheme with a focus on aiding the economic and culturally disadvantaged. It is informed by Murray Bookchin’s concept of communalism/libertarian municipalism; Cornelius Castoriadis’s ‘project of autonomy’ as an alternative ‘social imaginary’; and Silvia Federici’s challenges to the patriarchy. This talk explores the project’s conceptual framework, past and current developments, and objectives around social change -- Olney is an artist, activist, educator and researcher. Her latest essays can be found in Passepartout’s issue 40, ‘New Infrastructures’ (2021) and the book Enlightenment and Ecology: The Legacy of Murray Bookchin in the 21st Century (2021):

Wed, 6/23, 5 pm -- The Sea Is Rising and So Are We: A Discussion with PM Press Climate Authors -- Participate in a dialogue on taking climate action from PM Press authors: Cynthia Kaufman, author of The Sea is Rising and so Are we: A Climate Justice Handbook; Jeremy Brecher, who has three books on the climate with PM Press, the most recent of which is Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual; and Eddie Yuen, co-author of Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth -- The Sea is Rising and So Are We is an invitation to get involved in the movement to build a just and sustainable world in the face of the most urgent challenge our species has ever faced. The book explains how to engage in productive messaging that will pull others into the climate justice movement, what you need to know to help build a successful movement, and the policy changes needed to build a world with climate justice:

Thu, 6/24, 5:30 am -- Crafting Worlds in Common -- Craftspace and Crafting the Commons Research Network warmly invite you to attend 'Crafting Worlds in Common', a half day symposium followed by a guided virtual tour of We are Commoners exhibition -- Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Linebaugh, author of: The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All; and Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance -- Key contributor: Torange Khonsari , a researcher in the field of Cultural and Civic Commons -- The keynote will be followed by four panel discussions on the themes of: Searching for the commons, Commoning in an individualised world, Creating commons and Common futures -- Recently, the idea of the commons has made a comeback in the humanities and the social sciences, as well as in contemporary forms of activism, and has gathered traction both as a way of imagining ecological and political futures, and of finding ways to live in an increasingly privatised and austerity-blighted world. At the same time, an array of community-oriented craft initiatives that draw on the politics of the commons have emerged, including makerspaces, online networks and repair shops. Enabling peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge, tools and materials, they disrupt industrial capitalist production and resist the individualism of intellectual capital and consumer culture:

Thu, 6/24, 11 am -- Murray Bookchin: The Ecology of Freedom -- A discussion of Murray Bookchin's theory for the way to a sane, sustainable and ecological future. The Ecology of Freedom is indispensable reading for anyone who's tired of living in a world where everything is an exploitable resource -- With Debbie Bookchin, a long time journalist and author who is currently active in the municipalist movement and in the Emergency Committee for Rojava; Dan Chodorkoff, a cultural anthropologist who specializes in urban anthropology and utopian studies, and the co-founder of the Institute for Social Ecology with Murray Bookchin in 1974; and David Wengrow, professor of comparative archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, who, with David Graeber, co-authored many articles and their forthcoming book The Dawn of Everything, which will be published in 2021:

Thu, 7/1, 10 am -- Social Guarantee Launch -- Come and join us as we discuss why we need a Social Guarantee! The Social Guarantee enshrines every person’s right to life’s essentials: education, health and social care, a decent home, childcare, nutritious food, clean air and water, energy, transport and access to the internet. For this to happen, all people must have access to collectively provided services that meet their needs, as well as to a fair living income -- With Ann Pettifor, economist and author of The Case for The Green New Deal; Kate Raworth, economist and creator of Doughnut Economics; Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council; and Chaitanya Kumar, Head of Environment and Green Transition at the New Economics Foundation:

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