Critical Perspectives on Wars, Classes, & Empires

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Tue Sep 23 05:51:26 MDT 2003


The following is the fall calendar of educational events that my 
fellow organizers and I will be hosting.  Just to let you know what 
we are doing in Columbus, OH. . . .  Mark Lause and anyone else in 
Ohio, if you have some free time, please drop by!

Weekly Educational Forum:
Critical Perspectives on Wars, Classes, & Empires (Fall Calendar)

WHEN: Every Thursday, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Journalism Building, Room 300, 242 West 18th Ave. (at the 
corner of 18th and Neil Aves.), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Campus Map: 
<http://www.acs.ohio-state.edu/map/linkbuildings/journalismbuilding.html>
Campus Parking Map: <http://www.tp.ohio-state.edu/maps/campusmap.shtml>
Directions to Campus: <http://www.osu.edu/visitors/directions.html>
All Events Are Free & Open to the Public.

Oct. 2 - _Bowling for Columbine_ (Dir. Michael Moore) -- _Bowling for 
Columbine_ is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the 
United States.  Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the 
hands of gun violence?  The talking heads yelling from every TV 
camera blame everything from Satan to video games.  But are we that 
much different from people of many other countries?  What sets us 
apart?  How have we become both the master and victim of such 
enormous powers of violence?  This is not a film about gun control. 
It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, 
and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a 
constitutionally protected Uzi.

Oct. 9 - _The Spirit of Crazy Horse_ (Dir. James Locker), with an 
introduction by Molly Springer, Coordinator of American Indian 
Student Services -- _The Spirit of Crazy Horse_ is a tale recounted 
by Milo Yellow Hair, a full-blood Oglala Sioux, whose 
great-grandfather fought General Custer at the Little Big Horn.  The 
tale reveals the modern Sioux struggle to regain their heritage and 
shows how places like Wounded Knee became sites for a fight for human 
dignity and rights that continues to this day.

Oct. 16 - "Argentina's Alternative Media & Social Movements," a 
lecture by media activist Marie Trigona, with video presentation: 
_The Face of Dignity: A Memory of MTD (Unemployed Workers Movement) 
of Solano_ and _Crónicas de Libertad (organizando la resistencia) 
[Chronicles of Freedom (organizing resistance)]_.  Trigona will 
discuss the state of alternative communication and its contribution 
to the growth of social movements in the wake of the economic crisis 
in Argentina.  Argentina Arde counter-information collective, 
Indymedia Argentina, and Grupo Alavío are some of the groups that 
have blossomed since Argentina's popular rebellion December 19 and 
20, 2001.  These alternative media collectives have emerged along 
with the massive social movements (unemployed workers movements, 
popular assemblies, and worker-controlled factories) that have been 
celebrated throughout the globe as a harbinger of the new. (Some of 
Trigona's writings are available online: 
<http://www.americaspolicy.org/citizen-action/focus/0211argentine_body.html>; 
<http://www.americas.org/News/Features/200307_JulyAugust/Argentina-Brukman.htm>.) 
Co-sponsored by the OSU Center for Latin American Studies.

Oct. 23 - _Lumumba_ (Dir. Raoul Peck) -- At the Berlin Conference of 
1885, Europe divided up the African continent.  The Congo became the 
personal property of King Leopold II of Belgium.  On June 30, 1960, a 
young self-taught nationalist, Patrice Lumumba, became, at age 36, 
the first head of government of the new independent state.  He would 
last two months in office.  This is a true story.  _Lumumba_ is a 
gripping political thriller which tells the story of the legendary 
African leader Patrice Emery Lumumba.  The brilliant and charismatic 
Lumumba rose rapidly to the office of Prime Minister when Belgium 
conceded the Congo's independence in June, 1960.  Lumumba's populist 
and anti-imperialist vision of a united Africa gained him powerful 
enemies: the Belgian authorities, who sought to perpetuate 
neo-colonial control in their former colony's affairs, and the CIA, 
who supported Joseph Mobutu in order to protect U.S. business 
interests in Congo's vast resources and ensure U.S. dominance in the 
Cold War.  The ruthless machinations behind Lumumba's brutal 
assassination in 1961 (a mere nine months after he became the 
country's first Prime Minister) are dramatized for the first time in 
_Lumumba_.  Cf. 
<http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/current/lumumba/lumumba.html>.

Oct. 30 - _Injury to One_ (Dir. Travis Wilkerson), with an 
introduction by Dan La Botz, labor activist, professor of history 
(Miami University), and author of _Rank-and-File Rebellion: Teamsters 
for a Democratic Union_ (1990, 
<http://www.versobooks.com/books/klm/labotz_tdu.shtml>), _Mask of 
Democracy: Labor Suppression in Mexico Today_ (1992, 
<http://www.southendpress.org/books/MaskofDem.htm>), _Democracy in 
Mexico: Peasant Rebellion and Political Reform_ (1995, 
<http://www.southendpress.org/books/DeminMex.htm>), and _Made in 
Indonesia: Indonesian Workers Since Suharto_ (2001, 
<http://www.southendpress.org/books/MadeinIndonesia.shtml>) -- _An 
Injury to One_ provides a glimpse of a particularly volatile moment 
in early 20th century American labor history: the rise and fall of 
Butte, Montana, chronicling the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer 
Frank Little.  Butte's history was entirely shaped by its 
exploitation by the Anaconda Mining Company, which, at the height of 
WWI, produced ten percent of the world's copper from the town's 
depths.  War profiteering and the company's extreme indifference to 
the safety of its workers (mortality rates in the mines were higher 
than in the trenches of Europe) led to Little's arrival.  "The 
agitator" found in the desperate, agonized miners overwhelming 
support for his ideas, which included the abolishment of the wage 
system and the establishment of a socialist commonwealth.  In August 
1917, Little was abducted by still-unknown assailants who hung him 
from a railroad bridge.  Pinned to his chest was a note that read 
3'-7'-77", dimensions of a Montana grave.  Eight thousand people 
attended his funeral, the largest in Butte's history.  Butte's 
history is bound with the entire history of the American left, the 
rise of McCarthyism, and the destruction of the environment.  Cf. 
<http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/oct2002/wilk-o04.shtml>

Nov. 6 - _500 Dunam on the Moon_ (Dir. Rachel Leah Jones) - _500 
Dunam on the Moon_ excavates the history of Ayn Hawd, a Palestinian 
village that was captured and depopulated by Israeli forces in the 
1948 war.  In 1953 Marcel Janco, a Romanian painter and a founder of 
the Dada movement, helped transform the village into a Jewish 
artists' colony and renamed it Ein Hod.  This documentary tells the 
story of the village's original inhabitants, who, after expulsion, 
settled only 1.5 kilometers away in the outlying hills.  This new Ayn 
Hawd cannot be found on official maps, as Israeli law doesn't 
recognize it, and its residents, deemed "present absentees" by the 
authorities, do not receive basic services such as water, electricity 
or an access road.  Rachel Leah Jones' filmmaking debut is a critical 
look at the art of dispossession and the creativity of the 
dispossessed.  Cf. <http://www.500dunam.com/>.

Nov. 13 - "Selling (Off) Iraq," a lecture by Tim Shorrock - Tim 
Shorrock, a frequent contributor to _The Nation_, _Asia Times_, and 
other publications, will discuss the privatization of Iraq and the 
history of US foreign interventions.  (Some of Tim Shorrock's 
writings are available online: 
<http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030707&s=shorrock>; 
<http://www.foreignpolicy-infocus.org/indices/regions/asia/index.php?sort=title>; 
<http://www.kimsoft.com/korea/shorrok.htm>.)

Nov. 20 -- _Life and Debt_ (Dir. Stephanie Black) -- Using excerpts 
from the award-winning non-fiction text "A Small Place" by Jamaica 
Kincaid, _Life & Debt_ presents a subtle tapestry of stories of 
individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of 
day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign 
economic agendas.  By combining traditional documentary telling with 
a stylized narrative framework, _Life and Debt_ illuminates the 
complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies 
and free trade in the context of the everyday realities of the people 
whose lives they impact.  Cf. <http://www.lifeanddebt.org/>.

Sponsors: Al-Awda-Ohio, Social Welfare Action Alliance, Solidarity, & 
Student International Forum
Website: <http://www.service.ohio-state.edu/students/sif/>
Contact: Yoshie Furuhashi, 614-668-6554, <furuhashi.1 at osu.edu>; and 
Keith Kilty, 614-292-7181, <kilty.1 at osu.edu>

-- 
Yoshie

* Bring Them Home Now! <http://www.bringthemhomenow.org/>
* Calendars of Events in Columbus: 
<http://www.osu.edu/students/sif/calendar.html>, 
<http://www.freepress.org/calendar.php>, & <http://www.cpanews.org/>
* Student International Forum: <http://www.osu.edu/students/sif/>
* Committee for Justice in Palestine: <http://www.osudivest.org/>
* Al-Awda-Ohio: <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Al-Awda-Ohio>
* Solidarity: <http://www.solidarity-us.org/>


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