[Marxism] Obama's America: Imperialism, Crisis and Democracy

CHRISTOPHERR CARRICO ccarrico at temple.edu
Mon Apr 27 14:21:40 MDT 2009

*Monday, May 11, 2009*


* *

*The Anthropology Section*

*of the New York Academy of Sciences and*

*the Wenner-Gren Foundation invite you to a*

* Co-sponsored Event*


*Obama's America: Imperialism, Crisis and Democracy*

A forum celebrating the publication of the new volume,

*Rethinking America: The Imperial Homeland in the 21st Century*,

Edited by Jeff Maskovsky and Ida Susser



 *Peter Kwong, Jeff Maskovsky, Sally Merry, Don Robotham,*

*Ida Susser, Jane Schneider, Peter Schneider*


*Setha Low and Frances Fox Piven*

*Location*: Wenner-Gren Foundation, 470 Park Avenue South, 8th floor,

(Nearest subways #6 at 33rd St., #s 4,5,7 at 42nd St-Grand Central.)

*Tickets*: Open to all, no admission charge.

Attendees MUST register ahead of time by e-mailing: hlessinger at gmail.com*

How best might we characterize the changes that are underway in the United
States today? What is the imperial legacy of the Bush administration, and to
what extent does the presidency of Barak Obama represent a break with the
past? How has the economic crisis changed US politics and policies?  What,
if any, new democratic possibilities are on the horizon? Join us for a forum
where we will explore the current state of imperialism, crisis and democracy
in the United States.

The forum celebrates the publication of the new volume, *Rethinking America:
The Imperial Homeland in the 21st Century*, Edited by Jeff Maskovsky and Ida
Susser.  This new collection highlights the connection of U.S. imperial
strategies to the production of insecurity, uncertainty, and deepening
inequality “at home,” and provides a vital baseline for assessing the
complexity of economic, cultural and political shifts that are currently
underway in 'Obama's America.'



1:30-1:45 - Welcome and Introduction - Jeff Maskovsky and Ida Susser

1:45-3:00 - Panel # 1 - Difference, Inequality and the New America

Jane Schneider (The Graduate Center, CUNY) and Peter Schneider (Fordham),
"The United States and the  Underworld System: Predatory Crime, Illegal
Traf﬙cking, and Sponsored  Criminality"

Peter Kwong (Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), "What's Wrong
with the US Immigration Debate"

Sally Merry (NYU), "Human Rights in the Imperial Heartland"

Discussant: Setha Low (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

 3:15-4:30 - Panel # 2 - The Death of Neoliberalism?

Jeff Maskovsky (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), "Main Street
vs. Wall Street?  Security and  Securitization in Obama's America"

Don Robotham (The Graduate Center, CUNY), "Liberal Social Democracy,
Neoliberalism, and  Neoconservatism: Some Genealogies"

Ida Susser (Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), "Imperial

Discussant: Frances Fox Piven (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Reception to follow.

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