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Bread and Puppet Theater Presents The Hope Principle Show: Citizens' Shame and Hope in the Time of Genocide
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Bread and Puppet is a world-renowned anti-capitalist theater company that has performed with their signature puppets for 61 years. It is one of the oldest street and protest theater companies in the world. The troupe will perform:  The Hope Principle Show: Citizens’ Shame and Hope in the Time of Genocide.

April 19, 2024
War on the Reproduction of Life: Palestine and Beyond. A Lecture with Silvia Federici
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Please join the Social Thought and Political Economy Program for a lecture with Silvia Federici. Professor Federici is a world-renowned Italian-American philosopher, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is the Co-Founder of the International Feminist Collective, the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, and the International Wages for Housework Campaign organizer. She has written several influential works, including Caliban and the Witch; Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle; Re-Enchanting the World

April 18, 2024
“History Doesn’t Repeat Itself But It Rhymes”: The Black Scare/Red Scare
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Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University and a 2023-2024 Visiting Scholar at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. She is the author of Black Scare/Red Scare: Theorizing Capitalist Racism in the United States, the co-author of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History, and the co-editor of Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women’s Political Writings and of Reproducing Domination: On the Caribbean Postcolonial State. Dr. Burden-Stelly has published in peer-reviewed journals

April 9, 2024
The Streets, Social Movements, Unions and Congress Fighting the Hard Right in Argentina
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Join the Social Thought and Political Economy program for a panel discussion with “Chipi” Castillo: Province of Buenos Aires Representative, Myriam Bregman: City of Buenos Aires representative, Nicolas del Caño: Province of Mendoza Representative, and Alejandro Vilca: Province of Jujuy representative.  Kevin Young from the UMass Department of History and Graciela Monteagudo from the Social Thought and Political Economy Program will moderate. 

March 27, 2024
Pushed to the Brink of a Wider War: The Implications of the Current Middle East Crisis: A Teach-In with Omar Dahi
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Omar S. Dahi, is a professor of economics at Hampshire College as well as a research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founding director of Security in Context, a research network on peace, conflict, and international affairs. He has published in academic outlets such as the Journal of Development Economics and Applied Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Political Geography, Middle East Report, Forced Migration Review, and Critical Studies on Security. His last book was South-South Trade and Finance in the 21st

November 7, 2023
STPEC Welcomes Professor Toussaint Losier as New Program Director
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We are excited to announce that Professor Toussaint Losier will be the new Director of STPEC. Dr. Toussaint Losier is an Associate Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. Dr. Losier holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, with his research focusing on grassroots responses to the postwar emergence of mass incarceration in Chicago. At the UMass Amherst, he teaches courses on African American History, Black Politics, Criminal Justice policy, and transnational social movements. His writing has been published in Souls, Radical History Review, The

September 1, 2023
Strike Ready Educators: A Strike Panel
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Join us for a panel on organizing for strikes. Hear from educators from Haverhill and Malden who organized successful strikes. Learn about the fight for the right to strike. Learn about organizing for power and solidarity, overcoming fear, and sustaining strength during a strike. 

May 11, 2023
The Rise of Worker to Worker Organizing
Amazon union organizers dressed in red.

Eric Blanc is an Assistant Professor in the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Dept. at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. He researches new workplace organizing, digital labor activism, strikes, and working-class politics. His forthcoming book DIY Unionism: How Bottom-Up Organizing, Digital Tools, and Young, Risk-Taking Leaders Are Revitalizing Labor analyzes the growth of worker-to-worker organizing in the US since early 2020. Author of the books Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso 2019) and Revolutionary Social Democracy

May 11, 2023
Bread and Puppet Theater Presents: Inflammatory Earthling Rants
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Bread and Puppet is a world-renowned anti-capitalist theater company that has performed with their signature puppets for 60 years. It is one of the oldest street and protest theater companies in the world. The troupe will perform: Inflammatory Earthling Rants. Earthlings are now aflame and consequently need inflammatory rants, directed against the arsonist: Western Civilization and its incompetent government. The habitual pragmatic communication jargon won’t do, so the ranters have to resort to the original language which was tasked to employ the spells, charms, and incantations needed to

April 22, 2023


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