Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Hegemony of Finance

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The hegemony of finance compels a new orientation for everyone and everything: companies care more about the moods of their shareholders than about longstanding commercial success; governments subordinate citizen welfare to appeasing creditors; and individuals are concerned less with immediate income from labor than appreciation of their capital goods, skills, connections, and reputations.

That firms, states, and people depend more on their ratings than on the product of their activities also changes how capitalism is resisted. For activists, the focus of grievances shifts from the extraction of profit to the conditions under which financial institutions allocate credit. While the exploitation of employees by their employers has hardly been curbed, the power of investors to select investees — to decide who and what is deemed creditworthy — has become a new site of social struggle.

Join for a conversation with Michel Feher, whose new book, Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age describes the extraordinary shift in conduct and orientation generated by financialization and articulates the new political resistances and aspirations that investees draw from their rated agency.

 

Speaker Bios

Michel Feher, a Belgian philosopher, is the author of Powerless by Design: The Age of the International Community and the editor of Nongovernmental Politics and Europe at a Crossroads, among other titles. Founder of Cette France-là, a monitoring group on French immigration policy, Feher is also a founding editor of Zone Books.

Lenore Palladino is Senior Economist and Policy Counsel at the Roosevelt Institute, Lecturer in Economics at Smith College, and Of Counsel at the Law Firm of Jason Wiener, p.c. Her work focuses on shareholder primacy, how to rebalance stakeholder power within companies, and strategies for employee ownerships and worker cooperatives.

Quinn Slobodian is Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College. He is the author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism.
 

Ministry of Ideas is a podcast dedicated to investigating and illuminating the ideas that shape our society. It is an initiative of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School. It is produced in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is featured in The Boston Globe Ideas Section. 

Boston Review is a non-profit political and literary forum that puts a range of voices and views in dialogue on the web, in print, and at events. It’s mission is to cultivate a public space for informed discussion of topics and ideas. It has been an independent publication for over 40 years, offering its online content for free, at no cost—without ads, corporate sponsors, or paywalls. 

Zone Books is an independent nonprofit publishing house founded in 1985. The publisher of a select list of titles in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, Zone Books is committed to original English-language texts as well as to the translation of significant works by contemporary authors.

Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, The Roosevelt Institute reimagines America as it should be: a place where hard work is rewarded, everyone participates, and everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We believe that when the rules work against this vision, it’s our responsibility to recreate them.

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Nov
2
to Nov 3

Sound Education

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Sound Education is a conference put on by educational podcasters, for educational podcasters and their listeners.

Educational podcasts reach tens of millions of listeners a year - listeners who tune in during their free time to educate themselves on an ever-increasing array of subjects. From tenured professors to self-styled enthusiasts, educational podcasters come in all shapes and sizes, and they share a collective interest in using the podcasting form to educate the general public for free. Join us to share ideas, learn from podcast legends including Dan Carlin, and network with fellow podcasters and listeners.

 

Conference Schedule

Friday: Ten panels designed to help podcasters learn new skills and make connections. Each panel will feature two or three speakers, and be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session, during which you can learn tips and tricks from other members of the community.

Saturday: We will hear from Dan Carlin, the host of the smash-hit podcast Hardcore History. Saturday will also feature eight public talks, held by some of the most influential voices in academic podcasting.

Throughout the conference, there will also be opportunities to reserve recording studio to record with your fellow conference attendees and speakers.

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The History of Drag
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

The History of Drag

Join us for a public conversation with historian Joe E. Jeffreys to discuss the long and fascinating history of drag, from Greek and Elizabethan stage, to 19th century Vaudeville, to 1990's nightclubs to RuPaul's Drag Race and beyond...

Immediately following the event, Joe Jeffreys will be joined by drag star Coco Peru to explore in more depth the cultural legacy of drag and how it is changing today.

This event is free and open to the public. 

About Joe E. Jeffreys

Joe E. Jeffreys is a drag historian. His drag-happy video work has been awarded funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Jerome Foundation and screened at museums, galleries and festivals worldwide including the Tate Modern in London, the Façade Video Festival in Bulgaria, and The Museum of Arts and Design. He has published in book anthologies, encyclopedias, the popular press and academic journals from Time Out New York and The Village Voice to The Drama Review, Theatre History Studies and Women & Performance. Jeffreys has taught theatre studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Drama Department, Purchase and Stony Brook University. He has served on the board of directors for Dirty Looks, the committee for PS 122’s Ethyl Eichelberger Award and worked as dramaturg for numerous downtown and off-Broadway productions including the world premiere of Tennessee Willam’s last full length play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere

You can find some of Jeffreys video work at https://vimeo.com/joejeffreys

 

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Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther and the Fight for the Western Mind
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther and the Fight for the Western Mind

Join us for a public conversation with Michael Massing, the author of Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther and the Fight for the Western Mind which explores the enduring fault line in Western thinking between Christian humanism and evangelical Christianity. Massing describes how the introduction of new ways of reading the Bible set loose social and cultural forces that helped shatter the millennial unity of Christendom and whose echoes can still be heard today. 

 

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Action and Reaction: The Ideology of Conservatism
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Action and Reaction: The Ideology of Conservatism

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Join us for a public conversation with Corey Robin about the ideology of conservatism, which he argues is "not a commitment to limited government and liberty—or a wariness of change, a belief in evolutionary reform, or a politics of virtue" but is fundamentally a "meditation on—and theoretical rendition of—the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.”  

The event will be held Tuesday April 10 at 7pm at Andover Chapel at Harvard Divinity School. 

 

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The Living and the Dead: The Protestant Reformation 500 Years After Luther
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Living and the Dead: The Protestant Reformation 500 Years After Luther

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began with an obscure monk posting 95 arguments against church corruption. From there spread a blaze that changed Europe and elsewhere forever. But in what ways is the Reformation still with us? How is the very way we think today still being shaped by 16th century theologians? Come find out in a public conversation with Harvard Divinity School's Michelle Sanchez on Thursday, November 16th at 7pm at the Harvard Dudley House.

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