Austin PPS Events Update 3.13.08

Here’s an email I just sent to the Austin Project outlining some upcoming events.




Hi all. We’ve got lots coming up.
This Sunday we will be at Monkeywrench Books discussing Robin Hahnel’s book "Economic Justice and Democracy" in advance of his visit in two weeks. I am also including here details about Justin Podur’s visit. He is a member of the International Project for a Participatory Society and has done the bulk of the vision work on race/culture/community. He is giving a talk Thursday 3/27, the day before Robin’s talks, and also will be speaking at St. Andrew’s Spirituality and Activism conference. It’s also possible, if schedules allow it, that we will set up a panel with me, Justin, and Robin to talk about the forthcoming book, Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press, May 2008, Chris Spannos editor).

I hope to see your smiling faces soon!

March 16 (Sun), 2pm

Austin Project for a Participatory Society Book Group

"Economic Justice and Democracy"

In Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation Robin Hahnel argues that progressives need to rethink how they conceive of economic justice and economic democracy. He presents a coherent set of economic institutions and procedures that can deliver economic justice and democracy through a "participatory economy." But this is a long-run goal; he also explores how to promote the economics of equitable cooperation today by emphasizing ways to broaden the base of existing economic reform movements while deepening their commitment to more far reaching change. Hahnel will be giving two talks in Austin on March 28 (see below).

Location: Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop.

March 27 (Thu), 7 p.m.
"The Politics of Climate Change: A Citizen’s Guide"

a talk by Justin Podur, York University professor and ZNet editor/contributor

Never has it been more urgent for citizens to understand both the science of climate change and the political implications of the ecological crisis. In this talk, Justin Podur will bring together his wide knowledge and experience from science, ecology, and politics to help us make sense of the politics of climate change. Podur began his academic career in physics before completing a Ph.D. in forestry, leading to his current faculty position in environmental studies at York University in Toronto. He teaches landscape ecology and geographic information systems, focusing on managing resources in light of climate change, urban forestry, and ecological restoration.
Podur also is a writer and editor for ZNet, part of Z Communications, an alternative-media organization dedicated to political analysis and support for movements for social change. He has reported from Haiti, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Israel/Palestine, and Mexico, writing for publications around the world. He also maintains a blog, killingtrain.com.
Location: UT campus, Thompson Conference Center auditorium (TCC 1.100), map.
TCC is next to the LBJ School at Red River and Dean Keeton. Plenty of free convenient parking in the large lots along Red River.
The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication.
March 28 (Fri) 12 & 8 p.m.
"TINA Be Damned: Alternatives to Corporate Capitalism"
Two talks by Robin Hahnel
Robin Hahnel will question the logic of TINA – Margaret Thatcher‘s famous statement that "there is no alternative" to capitalism. Drawing on his work on participatory economics, Hahnel will discuss other economic models and examine political strategies for moving toward a more just distribution of resources. During the last year Hahnel has worked in Venezuela for the Centro Internacional Miranda – the Planning Ministry – and the new Ministry for the Communal Economy.
Currently a professor of economics at American University in Washington, DC, Hahnel also has taught at universities in England, Peru, and Cuba. He has collaborated with Michael Albert in writing on participatory economics (Looking Forward: Participatory Economics for the Twenty First Century and The Political Economy of Participatory Economics) and is also the author of three recent books analyzing the global economy (Panic Rules! Everything You Need to Know About the Global Economy; The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach; and Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation).
12 p.m.: UT campus, LBJ Conference Room (5.160) of the CMA building, map.
8 p.m.: Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop.
March 28 & 29 (Fri & Sat)
St. Andrew’s Spirituality & Activism Conference
"Sustainability: Food, Environment, Economics"
Friday, March 28, 7 p.m.: "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." An entertaining grassroots story of how one farmer went organic. Discussion following. Free.
Saturday, March 29:
11:30 am: Registration – $10 donation
Noon: Opening Presentation: "The Science and Politics of a Sustainable Future" by Justin Podur, York University professor of environmental studies.
1 – 5:30 pm: SOS, Envision Central Texas, Livable Cities, Sustainable Food Center amongst others will lead workshops through the day.
Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive, west of I-35 off Wells Branch Parkway.

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