Platypus affiliated society

public fora

Alexander Rodchenko, "Composition 86: Destiny & Gravity" (1919)
Alexander Rodchenko, "Composition 86: Destiny & Gravity" (1919)

music by Autechre

forum
The 1st annual Platypus International Convention

The Decline of the Left in the 20th Century
Towards a theory of historical regression
2001, 1968, 1933, 1917

with Spencer Leonard (2001), Atiya Khan (1968), Richard Rubin (1933) and Chris Cutrone (1917)

The Platypus Synthesis
History, Theory, and Practice

with Richard Rubin, Chris Cutrone and Ian Morrison
[MP3 audio recording]

June 12-14, 2009
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
[JPEG poster]

forum
Left Behind
The working class in the crisis

with Richard Berg (President Teamsters Local 743), Aaron Hughes (Iraq Veterans Against the War), James Thindwa (Executive Director Chicago Jobs with Justice), and a representative of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (organizers of the Republic Windows and Doors factory sit-in protest, December 2008)

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6-9PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive main auditorium
[PDF poster]   [MP3 audio recording]

panel
Dialectics of Defeat
Towards a theory of historical regression
2001, 1968, 1933, 1917

with Benjamin Blumberg (chair), Chris Cutrone (1917), Atiya Khan (1968), Spencer Leonard (2001) and Richard Rubin (1933)

at Left Forum 2009: "Turning Points"
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 5-7PM
Pace University, New York City
[PDF poster]   [video]   [YouTube video clips]

forum
Progress or regress?
The future of the Left under Obama

with Chris Cutrone (Platypus), Stephen Duncombe (Gallatin School of NYU, editor Cultural Resistance Reader), Pat Korte (new Students for a Democratic Society), Charlie Post (Solidarity), and Paul Street (author Barack Obama and the future of American politics)

Saturday, December 6, 2008, 3-6PM
New York University
Silver Center
100 Washington Square East room 405
[PDF poster]   [MP3 audio recording]   [PDF questions]
[transcript excerpts from the forum]

forum
What is a movement?
with Luis Brennan (new Students for a Democratic Society), Elena Davis (Pomegranate Health Collective), Chuck Hendricks (UNITE/HERE), Jorge Mujica (Movimiento 10 de Marzo), and Richard Rubin (Platypus)

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 7-9PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive main auditorium
[MP3 audio recording]   [PDF questions]   [PDF epigraphs]

forum
The Marxist-Humanist Committee presents:
The Crisis in Marxist Thought
with Kevin Anderson, Chris Cutrone, Peter Hudis, Andrew Kliman, and Sandra Rein

Friday, July 25, 2008, 6-9PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 S. Michigan Ave. Ballroom
[PDF poster]

forum
40 years of 1968
The problematic drama of the past in the present

with Bill Ayers, Mike Klonsky, and Prexy Nesbitt

Thursday, May 8, 2008, 6PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive main auditorium
[PDF poster]   [PDF questions]

— FORUM CANCELED —

Requiem for the '60s
Response to a boycott of discussion of "40 years of 1968"
[PDF]

co-sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society

forum
The Failure of Pakistan
Perspectives on the crisis, its past, present, and future

with Ayesha Siddiqa, Manan Ahmed, and Atiya Khan

Saturday, February 2, 2008, 2PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive main auditorium
[PDF poster]   [MP3 audio recording]

forum
The 3 Rs: Reform, Revolution, and "Resistance"
The problematic forms of "anticapitalism" today

with Michael Albert, Chris Cutrone, Stephen Duncombe, Brian Holmes, and Marisa Holmes

Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 7-9PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive main auditorium
[PDF poster]   [MP3 audio recording]   [YouTube video clips]
[transcript excerpts from the forum]

forum
"Imperialism"
What is it? — Why should we be against it?

with Kevin Anderson, Chris Cutrone, Nick Kreitman, Danny Postel, and Adam Turl

Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 7-9PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive main auditorium
[PDF poster]   [MP3 audio files]   [YouTube video clips]

 

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