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Film: "The Concrete Revolution"

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 4:00 pm
Where: Center for Marxist Education • 550 Mass. Ave. 2d Floor • Central Sq. • Cambridge

This film gives a realistic portrayal of the lives of Chinese construction workers in Beijing during the building boom in the runup to the Chinese-hosted 2008 Olympics.  The filmmaker focuses on personal interviews of Chinese migrant laborers and working people.  After the film showing, discussion will review the subsequent Chinese national labor laws, which are currently being refined and implemented.  There will also be a brief review of current topics such as the sensat

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Chinese politics: notes on the case of Bo Xilai

Summary: in Fall 2012 strict term limits will lead to major turnover in the top leadership of the Chinese Communist Party at the 18th Party Congress.  Politics will be a hot topic among China watchers this year.  However, the highly publicized fall of Chongqing leader Bo Xilai from his high positions probably has more to do with corruption and illegal actions than political struggle.  Continuity of policies seems more likely than major change.
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Dispersed Radiance: Caste, Gender, and Modern Science in India

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: MIT Room E51-159 • Memorial Drive & Wadsworth St • Tang Center • Cambridge

MIT-India & MIT-STS (Science Technology & Society) programs present a book talk Dispersed Radiance: Caste, Gender, and Modern Science in India by Abha Sur

Abha Sur teaches in the MIT Program in Women’s & Gender Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Native America and Palestine: Indigeneity and Settler-Colonialism

When: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Boston University • 565 Commonwealth Ave - Kenmore Classroom Bldg Rm 101 • Kenmore T • Boston

Professor Kauanui will talk on the nature and effects of colonization on indigenous peoples, including the Wampanoag, who lived in the area BU now occupies.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan. She earned her PhD in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2000. She earned her B.A. (Honors) in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992.

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The 1% - What’s NATO Got to Do with It?

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting Center • 5 Longfellow Park, off Brattle St. • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

Afghanistan, Libya, Russia, Iran, China & Economic Injustice

A teach-in with Vijay Prashad, Elaine Bernard & Joseph Gerson

Peace and justice organizations, community based groups and Occupy are preparing to challenge militarism and austerity when the leaders of the NATO and G-8 nations meet in Chicago this May. Join us to learn what NATO and the G-8 have to do with the world’s wars, economic crises, and making the world safe for the 1%.

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Rebuilding Japan after Fukushima

When: Monday, March 26, 2012, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Where: Harvard University, CGIS South Building, Tsai Auditorium • 1730 Cambridge St • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

DISTINGUISHED VISITOR LECTURE

Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation; Distinguished Guest Professor, Keio University; and Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun (2007-10)

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Challenging the Pivot: The U.S., China, & Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Episcopal Divinity School, Washburn Auditorium • 99 Brattle St • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

Join Jason Tower and Joseph Gerson for a public forum about Asia-Pacific militarization and alternatives

“As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point…One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment – diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise – in the Asia-Pacific Region”

- Hillary Clinton, Foreign Policy, November, 2011

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The Rise of China and American Power

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 4:00 pm
Where: First Parish Church • 3 Church St • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

Joseph Nye of the Harvard Kennedy School examines the future of American relations with China.   What does the Obama administration's new emphasis on the Pacific mean for the future of American relations with China?

Sponsored by Cambridge Forum

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International Peace Activists Needed in Gangjeong Village Immediately!

Jeju Island (film)

When: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Central Square Library • 45 Pearl St • Central Sq T • Cambridge

The Monthly Peace & Justice Film Series

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Common Security Can Calm Turbulent Sea

China Study Group

When: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Center for Marxist Education • 550 Mass. Ave., 2nd Floor • Central Sq T • Cambridge

CHINA STUDY GROUP



originally scheduled for December 8

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Vijay Prashad at OccupyBoston

When: Sunday, October 23, 2011, 12:30 pm
Where: Occupy Boston Site - FSU "soapbox" • Atlantic Ave. & Summer St • South Station T • Boston

Vijay Prashad

Author of “The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World.”

Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series @OccupyBoston

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Elite Control over US Foreign Policy

When: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 2:00 pm
Where: Occupy Boston Site - FSU "soapbox" • Atlantic Ave. & Summer St • South Station T • Boston

Gary Leupp: Lessons from Vietnam, to Iraq, to Today

Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series @OccupyBoston

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Burma update

Nang T. KhaiTalking about Burma. This time, it has been a dilemma situation for the opposition movement especially the interest groups in exiles - whether they should cheer at the improvements that have taken place or jeer at the Junta that can't really be trusted. 

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