The Dialectic of Race and Class
Since the rise of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, the convention wisdom holds that class and race are two separate categories of social relations. This thinking owes much to the failure, even refusal of the labor movement to address racism directly. Labor’s refusal led to a widespread suspicion within black communities of the unions and, indeed, the white working class. This skepticism was partially softened by Labor’s participation in some of the key events of the civil rights struggle: unions were present at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; some walked alongside black freedom fighters in Selma and Martin Luther King Jr.’s fateful appearance during the Memphis garbage workers strike in 1968 promised to bridge the longstanding chasm.
Despite the rise of public employees’ unions with large Black and Latino memberships since the 1970s, the racial divide has reasserted itself, masking the overlap between race and class in America. This course deals with the relation of race and class theoretically, historically and culturally. It examines the Black Freedom and Labor movements from reconstruction to the present day. We will focus on problems of strategy, political economy, and social and political transformation.
Readings will include: WEB Dubois, Richard Wright, N. Singh, S. Aronowitz, Charles Payne and Aldon Morris.
$95 for this class; If taken with the other class in the Saturday Critical Thought Series (Does Fictitious Capital have a Limit?) that meets from 1:30-3:30, the fee is $140 for both classes for the entire ten-week session. For those who can only attend periodically, the fee is $10 per class.
An attempt to understand the age of financialization and its effects upon everyday life. Michael Pelias (LIU Brooklyn)
Saturdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
When introducing his classes on Philosophy Hebert Marcuse often remarked, “Of course we presuppose political economy.” Through a close reading of Deleuze’s and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus and an earlier work by Georges Batallie, The Accursed Share we will attempt to resituate Philosophical inquiry with new analyses of libidinal and political economy and attempt to understand the possible rethinking of Value through the invention and practice of the financial derivative. In this vein, we will encounter the financial press and how to reap an interpretive understanding of the working of the financial markets. We will also read from the History of Economic Thought by E. B. Hunt to appropriate a working vocabulary of political economy, the contemporary work of Bernard Stiegler on Pharma- capital, and attempt to develop alternative political strategies for everyday economic viability and the possible re-enchantment of the world against the grain of cynicism and hopelessness.
$95 for this class; If taken with the other class in the Saturday Critical Thought Series (Does Fictitious Capital have a Limit? with Michael Pelias) that meets from 11-1, the fee is $140 for both classes for the entire ten-week session. For those who can only attend periodically, the fee is $10 per class.