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Pat Thomas “Listen, Whitey!” talk

INIVA, Rivington Place London EC2A 3BA
Entry: £6/3
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Pat Thomas spent five years in Oakland, CA, researching Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975. Befriending members of the Black Panther Party, Thomas discovered rare recordings of speeches, interviews, and music by noted activists Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Elaine Brown, The Lumpen and many others. He also tracked down the forgotten history of Motown Records and its Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum, along with little known strands of Black Consciousness poetry, inspired religious recordings, and numerous regional and privately pressed Black Power 7″ soul singles from across the United States.

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Women, Work, Equality: From Dagenham to the Coalition Cuts

University of East London, Docklands Campus, Room: EB.G.10

The idea of job creation and job cuts, working and what to do with those who aren’t working, lies at the heart of the coalition government’s reform programme. The plan is simple: public sector jobs and the welfare state are to be cut radically, while the private sector is supposed to fill the vacuum in terms of job creation and big society caring. Responding to the measures, which will hit women disproportionately, the Centre for Cultural Studies Research is hosting a discussion that will focus on the feminist struggle for equality. The event is the third in CCSR’s “Debt, Pain, Work” series that interrogates the discourses and policies of the coalition government.

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The Politics of Pain

Pain has become one of the central discourses of the coalition government as it embarks on its cuts programme. The cuts are inevitable, we are told, and the pain must be shared in the interests of fairness. But is the pain necessary, should it be shared, is it really being shared, how will the pain effect the social, and what are the psychosocial consequences of the crisis? Kate Pickett (author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better), Mike Rustin (author of The Good Society and the Inner World) and Jeremy Gilbert (author of Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics. This is the text of Jeremy’s talk to the Demos institute in Ghent, May 2010, which was an invited  response to The Spirit Level) will address these and other questions. The second of  three CCSR seminars that are examining the coalition government’s discursive agenda, the meeting will take place in room EB.G.14 in the East Building of UEL’s Dockland’s Campus.

Mica Nava talks in the U.S.

Mica Nava, professor of cultural studies and co-director of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research in the School of Humanities and Social Science, has been invited to the US in November to give talks about her book Visceral Cosmopolitanism and her current research on women social investigators and race relations research in Britain in 1950s and 1960s. She will be speaking at the Department of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on 11 November, the Department of History at the University of Michigan on 15 November, and the Department of Political Science at CUNY Graduate Center on 18 November.