I am speaking tomorrow tonight in Chicago at the In These Times building, second floor, at 2040 N. Milwaukee. I am being hosted by the Open University of the Left (OUL), which is (I quote from its Web Site) "a cooperative educational project organizing forums, speakers, classes, film screenings and book discussions on topics of interest to the Chicago left. Founded in 1987, Open University of the Left takes a non-exclusionary, non-partisan approach, welcoming a wide range of perspectives ? socialist, anarchist, communist, green, femininist, radical democrat and progressive."
Here is OUL’s description of the event:
October 15, Monday, 7 PM Paul Street: Racial Oppression and Global Chicago
Veteran radical historian, journalist and political commentator Paul Street surveys metropolitan anti-black racism in 20th and 21st century Chicago. Illustrating the stark racial inequality in and around contemporary global (corporate-neoliberal) Chicago, Paul explains apartheid and disparity in terms of persistently and deeply racist societal and institutional practices and policies. Criticizing neoconservative and liberal explanations of the black urban crisis, he challenges the overly sharp distinction between present and past racism and proposes ideas for challenging urban neoliberal racism in the 21st century. Paul Street is the author of Empire and Inequality: America and the World since 9/11 (2004), Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era (2005), and Still Separate, Unequal: Race, Place, and Policy in Chicago (2005). His most recent book is Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: A Living Black Chicago History (July 2007). He has written numerous articles, many of which have appeared at ZNet.
Basically I’ll be discussing this latest book and relating its "local" findings and argument to broader national and global questions of class, race, place, empire, politics (electoral and otherwise), and inequality. I should talk 30-45 minutes and then we’ll go to questions and discussion, which can be as wide-ranging as participants want.
For an earlier blog on this last book, see this.