Center for Race & Gender Distinguished Guest Lecture

The Future in the Present: Preliminary Thoughts on the Occupy Movement and Other Challenges to Neoliberalism

Prof. Robin D. G. Kelley
University of Southern California

Introduction by Prof. Waldo Martin, UC Berkeley

Monday, November 14, 2011
5:30 pm – Reception
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lecture & Discussion
370 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley
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Join Prof. Robin D.G. Kelley in a discussion locating the economic, political, and social roots of both the crisis of capitalism and the national and global conditions that helped mobilize the current push-back.  What are we fighting for and how are these struggles linked to the various crises that got us here?


Robin D. G. Kelley is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of the prize-winning books Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (The Free Press, 2009); Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (University of North Carolina Press, 1990); Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (The Free Press, 1994); Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (Beacon Press, 1997), which was selected one of the top ten books of 1998 by the Village Voice; Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor’s Last Century, written collaboratively with Dana Frank and Howard Zinn (Beacon 2001); and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002).