Culture and Everyday Life

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LA
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Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor. In his beautiful essays -- one of which he will read in this panel -- Shawn takes readers on a revelatory journey through high art, war, politics, culture, and privilege. Whether writing about the genesis of his plays, such as Aunt Dan and Lemon; discussing how the privileged world of arts and letters takes for granted the work of the ѓ??unobtrusives,ѓ?ќ the people who serve our food and deliver our mail; or describing his upbringing in the sheltered world of Manhattanѓ??s cultural elite, Shawn reveals a unique ability to step back from the appearance of things to explore their deeper social meanings. He grasps contradictions, even when unpleasant, and challenges us to look, as he does, at our own behavior in a more honest light. He also finds the pathos in the political and personal challenges of everyday life. With his distinctive humor and insight, Shawn invites us to look at the world with new eyes, the better to undertandѓ??and change it. For the paperback edition of his critically acclaimed nonfiction book Essays, published by Haymarket Books, Shawn has written a provocative and moving philosophical discussion titled "Why I Call Myself a Socialist." Shawn will read his essay and engage in a lively discussion with audience members who attend.
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LA
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From the beginning the Occupy Wall St. movement has used and been informed by comics and memes. From V for Vendetta masks to "We are the 99%" tumblr. These images and slogans tell stories that relate what the movement is about. Storytelling has always been central to the work of organizers and movement builders. Narrative is the lens through which humans process the information we encounter Occupy Comix uses Comic books as a medium to express the stories of the 99% to shift the popular narrative to the side of justice. This panel will be a mix of artist and writers of Occupy comix and World War 3 Illustrated sharing how they are doing this through the medium of comics. They will also be showing how comics can rock your world.
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LA
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It is our view that we still live in what Herbert Marcuse called a one-dimensional society that is dominated by one-dimensional thinking. One-dimensional thinking sees only the facts of an oppressive/repressive social existence and not the possibilities for liberation that are equally present. This thesis in Marcuse's book "One-Dimensional Man" seems to imply that critical consciousness has been so whittled down by repressive forces that there is no hope for liberation. This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of that book. While we believe that we are in a society that is still under the spell of one-dimensional thinking, we also believe that possibilities for liberation are still present. The purpose of this panel is to examine new forms of one-dimensional thinking while at the same time exploring the new possibilities for liberation.
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LA
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This is no exageration! You use the Internet. It's important to your life and your work. That's why the government is so interested in your data. If you use gmail or Google's search engine or Facebook or most of the popular "cloud" programs, all your communications go directly to the National Security Agency. You can protect yourself, your data and your communications and it's not hard. We'll show you how in this workshop. It would be helpful, although not necessary, to have a laptop computer.
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LA
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A documentary by Jen Senko, produced by Matthew Modine and Adam Rackoff, explores the rise and popularity of conservative media by profiling Senko's father who became addicted to - and literally brainwashed by - "conservative" talk shows. Featured in the film are Noam Chomsky, Jeff Cohen, Rush Limbaugh, and Roger Ailes. Ryan Smith and Jodie Evans, Executive Producers; Screenplay: Fiore Derosa, Melodie Bryant, Kala Mandrake and Cinematographer, Rachael Levine. Animation by Bill Plympton. Discussion and Q&A to follow screening.
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LA
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Capitalism has created conditioned cultural patterns of greed and complacency. To create real system change requires us to challenge those patterns of thinking and behavior. At this workshop we will offer tools to heal from the effects of capitalist conditioning that keep us tied to greed, complacency, competition, and individualism. These are tools you can take to family, friends, and community members to work effectively for system change. You will have the opportunity to try active listening in pairs, small groups and large group demonstrations. YOu will learn some theory about natural healing processes such as laughing crying, expressing anger and others, and why these processes are effective and critical to advancing system change. There will be opportunities to connect with other participants, share stories, and think and listen to each other about how things are going in your community, and steps you are taking or want to take to move toward system change.
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This panel will have three or four speakers who are all involved in artistic creation, teaching, and political transformation through creative work. Each of the artists will briefly introduce their work, and talk about how it speaks about gender, race/ethnicity, and/or class dynamics. The artists will show excerpts of their works in order to open up discussion about the relationships between practice, theory and politically engaged art. The moderator will then introduce questions and problems for discussion. How do cultural background, gender and labor history inform artistic works? What are the benefits and potential problems of collaborative efforts? How can the art contribute to the political struggles and help communities face psychological trauma of oppressed groups? What is the relationship between embodied memory and artistic expression? How can complex history of arts and artistic representation help us unravel influence of consumerism and consumerist ideals on bodies and minds? The problematic of how spectatorship/witnessing relates to subject's coming to being and political awareness about the body, femininity, violence, and trauma, will be opened up in the context of education. Before sharing insights The participants will be invited to introduce themselves, talk about their political and individual histories and practices.
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Black, lesbian, dancer-poet performance art duo Nia & Ness invite you to view excerpts of their evening-length piece, run., created in part during their BAX 2017 Summer Space Grant, run. is a story of the couple’s daily struggles and joys while living in NYC, with all original music by Garrett Miller. Following their performance, Nia & Ness will share their ideas about how their love and art are intrinsically intertwined with their activism.