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January 2018

Talk: Financialization on the Factory Farm
Jan Dutkiewicz

January 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jan Dutkiewicz (Politics, New School for Social Research), who is writing a dissertation at the New School on the political economy of hog farming in the contemporary United States, is currently a fellow at UCSB’s International Center for the Humanities and Social Change. This event is part of "Food, Finance, and American Politics," a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Taubman Symposium Talk: The Betrayers
David Bezmozgis

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd
Free

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He is the author of several books, including Natasha and Other Stories (2004), The Free World (2011), and The Betrayers (2014). His writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus, among other publications. Bezmozgis is currently the head of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto. Sponsored by the  Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies.

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February 2018

Talk: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean

February 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In addition to Democracy in Chains (2016), Nancy MacLean (History, Duke) is the author of the award-winning books Freedom is Not Enough: the Opening of the American Workplace (2008) and Behind the Mask of Chivalry: the Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan (1995). She is a past president of the Labor and Working-Class History Association. This event is part of “Food, Finance, and American Politics,” a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Talk: Plantation Labor Outsourced: Rethinking New England Outwork and the National Economy of Slavery in Antebellum America
Seth Rockman

February 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Seth Rockman (History, Brown) is the author of Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (2008) and co-editor, with Sven Beckert, of Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (2016). This event is part of “Food, Finance, and American Politics,” a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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March 2018

Talk: Burgers in the Age of Black Capitalism: Fast Food and the Remaking of Civil Rights after 1968
Marcia Chatelain

March 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Marcia Chatelain (History, Georgetown) is the author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (2015) and co-editor, with Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, of Staging a Dream: Untold Stories and Transatlantic Legacies of the March on Washington (2015). This event is part of “Food, Finance, and American Politics,” a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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April 2018

IHC Visiting Scholar Talk: Media Before Gutenberg
Ingrid Nelson

April 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Although “media” conjures modern, technologized modes of communication (television, the internet, print journalism), mediation is a central part of all communication. In the Middle Ages, media referred to networks of voices, texts, bodies, human actions, and nonhuman forces that were involved in sense perception, social interaction, storytelling, and other acts of cultural transmission. This talk will elaborate on the media ecology of the medieval West by putting Aristotle’s theories of sense perception in dialogue with theories of new media and embodied informatics, from Marshall McLuhan’s description of media as the “extensions of man” to N. Katherine Hayles’s cyborg theory. Understanding media before machine technologies and the era of mass communication heralded by the printing press also yields new insights into medieval literature, and this talk will conclude with a discussion of media and mediation in Geoffrey Chaucer’s masterwork, The Canterbury…

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