Power comes in different flavors, asserted the French theorist Michel Foucault. Sarah Burgess explains the difference between sovereign power and biopolitical power; she also discusses biopolitical practices and rhetorics of power in the context of the easily preventable death of a Canadian woman in her prison cell. Happe, Johnson, and Levina, eds., Biocitizenship: The Politics … Continued


How is radical memory transmitted from generation to generation? How does that transmission frequently fail — and how might it better succeed? Anthropologist and veteran radical Phil Cohen discusses the politics of remembrance and archiving, from the Sixties to the present. (Encore presentation.) Resources: Livingmaps May Day Rooms Phil Cohen, Archive That, Comrade! Left Legacies … Continued


We’re told that the police are imperfect, but if we make the right reforms, the bad apples will be weeded out and aggressive behavior no longer tolerated. But, as David Correia argues, what if the police are not reformable? (Encore presentation.) Resources: David Correia and Tyler Wall, Police: A Field Guide Verso, 2018  


What drove the Industrial Revolution? According to conventional wisdom, it was individual innovation and unfettered private enterprise. According to Priya Satia, it was war-making, the production of firearms, and massive state intervention. The central figure in her new book is a Quaker gunmaker immersed in the rapidly transforming economy of eighteenth-century England. Priya Satia, Empire … Continued