Aug. 17-18: Occupy Real Utopias Conference

August 10, 2012 in Event, Teach-In

You are invited to Occupy and Educate Denver’s first conference, Occupy Real Utopias, on August 17 & 18, 2012.


Friday Night, August 17th, 2012
@ 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (Office of the Colorado Progressive Coalition)

7-8:30 p.m.
John Bellamy Foster, “Capitalism or the Earth: Toward an Economy and Ecology of Hope.”

John Bellamy Foster is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and editor of Monthly Review. His writings focus on the political economy of capitalism, ecology and ecological crisis, and Marxist theory. Foster’s most recent book, with Robert McChesney, is The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China (2012). Other recent books include: The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (2009) and What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism (2011), both with Fred Magdoff.

8:30-10:00 p.m.
Michael Albert, “Vision and strategy for a better world”

Michael Albert is co-editor of ZNet, co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine and co-founder of South End Press. Albert identifies himself as a market abolitionist. He developed, with Robin Hahnel, the economic vision called participatory economics. Some of his books include Parecon: Life After Capitalism (2002), The Trajectory of Change: Activist Strategies for Social Transformation (2002), and Remembering Tomorrow, A Memoir (2007).


Saturday August 18th, 2012
@ RedLine Gallery (2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver)

10-11:15 a.m.
Robert McChesney, “Occupy the Internet? Is Capitalism Killing Digital Democracy?”

Robert McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His most recent book, with John Nichols, is The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again (2011). Some of McChesney’s other books include the award-winning Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy (1993) and Rich Media, Poor Democracy (2000).

11:15-12:30 p.m.
Rose Brewer, “Occupy and the Complexities of Race, Gender, and Class.”

Rose Brewer is Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is the co-author of The United States Social Forum (2010), The Color of Wealth (2006), and Is Academic Feminism Dead? (2000). She is co-founder of The Freire Center in Minneapolis, a founding member of the Black Radical Congress, and has served on the boards of Project South and United for a Fair Economy.

1-2:15 p.m.
Kevin Anderson, “Race, Class, and the Second American Revolution: Marx’s Civil War Writings with the Eyes of Today”

Kevin Anderson is Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (2010), co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (2005), and co-editor of the Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004), among others.

2:15-3:30 p.m.
Saskia Sassen, talk title, TBA

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. She is the author of Territory, Authority, Rights (2006), The global city: New York, London, Tokyo (Princeton, 2001), Guests and aliens (1999), and Globalization and its discontents (1998), among many others. She has also written for The Occupied Wall Street Journal.

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