News and Events

Student Spotlight: 21st Century Leadership Awards

Ten members of the 2021 graduating class will be honored as 21st Century Leaders at the Undergraduate Commencement. These are students who have demonstrated exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership and are among the most talented and accomplished graduating seniors. This year 2 of them are STPEC majors!

The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Please join us on March 30th when STPEC Director Hoang Phan will ask STPEC faculty member Shemon Salam to share some of the insights in his new book: The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising. "In an effort to think through the experience of the uprising and prepare for the great struggles that are coming, The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising provides an in-depth analysis of what exactly happened during the 2020 uprising, its potentials, internal limits, and strategic implications."

Queer Communism in the Days of COVID-19: A Discussion with Pinko Magazine

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Two of Pinko Magazine’s editors, Jasmine Gibson and Michelle Esther O’Brien will join us for a timely discussion about the on-going pandemic from a queer communist perspective. Pinko is a collective that publishes a biannual print issue, periodic zines and hosts irregular essays, translations and archival materials on their website.

Tousaint Losier Joins STPEC as Interim Director

Welcome Back Students! We hope that you had a restful winter break. We are happy to share that while Director Hoang Phan is on sabbatical this spring 2020 semester, we welcome Professor Toussaint Losier as our Interim Director!

Bread and Puppet Theater Presents "The Essential Furthermore"

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Bread and Puppet is a world renowned anti-capitalist theater company that has performed with their signature puppets for over 50 years. It is one of the oldest street and protest theater companies in the world. The troupe will perform: The Essential Furthermore. The show draws on the peasant rebellions of the 1400 and 1500s to address the need for insurrection against the status quo of planetary ecological collapse, and hostility to the refugees created by natural and human-made disasters. The show demonstrates the power of mass political and social movements with massive dances in Bread and Puppet's pedestrian expressionist "Lubberland" style, building momentum as the piece grows into a multivocal fugue on several crucial themes of the moment: totalitarianism, extinction, and "the normalization of the unthinkable."
Fine Arts Center

The Teachers' Strike Wave

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Eric Blanc is the author of the book Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class politics (Verso, 2019). Red State Revolt is a compelling analysis of the emergence and development of this historic strike wave, with an eye to extracting its main strategic lessons for educators, labor organizer, and radicals across the country. A former high school teacher and longtime activist, Eric Blanc embedded himself into the rank-and-file leaderships of the walkouts, where he was given access to internal organizing meetings and secret Facebook groups inaccessible to most journalists. The result is one of the richest portraits of the labor movement to date, a story populated with the voices of school workers who are winning the fight for the soul of public education—and redrawing the political map of the country at large. Blanc has appeared on Democracy Now and writes for The Nation and The Guardian. During the Los Angeles, West Virginia, Arizona, Denver and Oakland public education strikes, Blanc has been Jacobin magazine’s on-the-ground correspondent.
Bernie Dallas Room, Godell Hall

STPEC Information Session

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
What is Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)? What courses do STPEC students take? What kind of job can you get with a degree in STPEC? If you are interested in learning more about STPEC, please join us for snacks and a relaxed information session about the major.
E-31 Machmer Hall