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Mar 25, 2019 - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

When: Monday, March 25th, 4pm
Where: Ethnography Lab, 19 Russell Street, Room 330

Please join us for a discussion of Shoshana Zuboff's The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Zuboff (Harvard Business School) makes a number of discussion-worthy arguments, notably that the data collection and processing regimes as pioneered by Google and Facebook generate value through "behavioural surplus," and that this kind of surveillance is an aberration of capitalism. Drawing on Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Arendt, Adorno, Polanyi, Sartre, and Stanley Milgram among others, the book is nonetheless a fairly easy read and has generated media attention.

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Mar 25, 2019 - Book Launch - Toronto Lit Up

When: Monday, March 25th, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst St.

Clelia O. Rodríguez is releasing Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression and Pain and will be celebrating its publication with a Toronto Lit Up book launch! Join Fernwood Publishing and the Toronto International Festival of Authors for this exciting event.
 
Poetic, confrontational and radical, Decolonizing Academia speaks to those who have been taught to doubt themselves because of the politics of censorship, violence and silence that sustain the Ivory Tower. Clelia O. Rodríguez illustrates how academia is a racialized structure that erases the voices of people of colour, particularly women. She offers readers a gleam of hope through the voice of an inquisitorial thinker and methods of decolonial expression, including poetry, art and reflections that encompass much more than theory.

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Mar 26, 2019 - Brazil under Bolsonaro: Contradictions and Perspectives

When: Tuesday, March 26th, 2pm
Where: Kaneff Tower 626, York University
Free and open to the public.

* Why did the Workers' Party lose the presidential electionsof 2018?
* Why and how did the new right led by Bolsonaro win those elections?
* Who is he and what does he stand for? What policies has he pursued and what can we expect in the future?
* Who forms his social base? and what are the weaknesses and strengths of the opposition to his government?

Anna Saggiaro Garcia is a Professor of International Relations, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. PhD in International Relations at PUC-Rio and MA in Political Science, Free University of Berlin, Germany. Visiting researcher in Politics at York University during PhD studies in 2009 (under supervision of Leo Panitch). Associate with Institute of Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone (PACS), Rio de Janeiro. Research in International Political Economy, BRICS, Brazilian investments Latin America and Africa, social struggles in the mining sector, especially concerning Vale mining corporation. Co-editor, BRICS, an Anti-Capitalist Critique (Haymarket) with Patrick Bond.
Mar 26, 2019 - Revolution in Grenada: 40 Years Later

When: Tuesday, March 26th, 6:30pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St.

March 13, 2019 marks 40 years since the Grenadian Revolution, what Fidel Castro called "a big revolution in a small country."

The role of the Grenadian Revolution, its importance to the wider Caribbean, and the threat it posed for the United States was best summed up by Bishop who remarked in 1980 that "We are obviously no threat to America, nor is Cuba for that matter. I think Washington fears that we could set an example for the rest of the region if our Revolution succeeds. In the Caribbean region you're talking about small countries with small populations and limited resources, countries that over the years have been classic examples of neo-capitalist depend­encies. Now you have these new governments like Nicaragua and Grenada that are attempting a different experiment. They are no longer looking at development as how many hotels you have on the beach but in terms of what benefits people get. How many have jobs? How many are being fed, housed, and clothed? How many of the children receive education? We certainly believe in Grenada that the people of the English-speaking Caribbean want to see an experiment like that succeed. They want to see what we are trying to build come about. America understands that and obviously if we are able to succeed where previous governments following different models failed, that would be very, very subversive."

Join us for this interactive discussion, as professors Alissa Trotz and Patsy Lewis will be in conversation with each other, as well as the community.

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