News and Events

STPEC at 50

The Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC) Program celebrates its 50th anniversary with an exciting series of events during the Spring 23 semester. Please join us. 

Abortion and the Hidden Fight Over Reproductive Work: A lecture with Jenny Brown

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Jenny Brown is an organizer with the feminist group National Women’s Liberation, and former editor of Labor Notes magazine. She was a leader in the grassroots campaign to make morning-after pill contraception available over the counter in the U.S. and was a plaintiff in the winning lawsuit. She is author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work (PM Press) and Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now (Verso). She writes regularly for Jacobin. Brown has an M.S. in Union Leadership and Administration from UMass Amherst.

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.