News and Events

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

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

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

STPEC Alum Matt Nagler '99 to lead 3-part professional development workshop

SBS will be holding a three-part student-friendly professional development series for undergraduate students in the spring semester. The series will teach students the best ways to stand out and highlight their strengths, common pitfalls to avoid, and the key traits and qualifications employers wish more entry-level professionals would bring to the workplace. Matt Nagler '99, Managing Partner at BANKW Staffing, will be leading the workshops. 

Study Abroad in Argentina during the Spring 2018 Semester

STPEC is offering a social studies Semester Abroad in Argentina through the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) during the Spring 2018 semester. This program offers a unique opportunity for immersion in Buenos Aires, with classes in English.

STPEC Student Spotlight

STPEC Junior Ashley Everson secures Commonwealth Honors College funding to work as a Research Assistant for STPEC Associate Director Graciela Monteagudo. Ashley will assist Monteagudo with research covering social movements that use direct action in the struggle against femicides in Argentina. The reasearch will be presented at the upcoming International Annual Congress of Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Barcelona, Spain, as part of a panel that has just been selected by the Gender and Feminisms Section of LASA for sponsorship. Congratulations Ashley!