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Marxist School of Sacramento

Point of View Speaker Series, Fall 2017:

Challenging Perspectives on Current Issues

Our lectures are held generally on the third Thursday of the month (see exceptions below) at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA (between Castro Way and 4th Ave.) Please note room numbers and dates: we have an event in September, two in October, one in November, none in December. There will be books at each!

7:00pm–9:00pm (Don't forget to check the room numbers)


October Double Header! Don't miss it! (p.s. watch the room numbers; they're tricky.)

Thursday October 19, Room 12, 7-9pm
James Brook Presents A Blaze in the Desert: Selected Poems by Book Cover A Blaze in the DesertVictor Serge.Victor Serge (1890–1947) played many parts, as he recounted in his indelible Memoirs of a Revolutionary. The son of anti-czarist exiles in Brussels, Serge was a young anarchist in Paris; a syndicalist rebel in Barcelona; a Bolshevik in Petrograd; a Comintern agent in Central Europe; a comrade of Trotsky’s; a friend of writers like Andrei Bely, Boris Pilnyak, and André Breton; a prisoner of Stalin; a dissident Marxist in exile in Mexico. Like Serge’s extraordinary novels, A Blaze in a Desert: Selected Poems bears witness to decades of revolutionary upheavals in Europe and the advent of totalitarian rule. Throughout A Blaze in a Desert, Serge draws on the heritage of late- and post- Symbolist writers like Verhaeren, Rictus, Apollinaire, Blok, and Bely—themselves authors of messages of a more general resistance by the human spirit—to express the anguish of the failure of the Russian Revolution and to search out glimmers of hope in the ruins of the Second World War.

Thursday, October 26, Room 9, 7-9pm
Chris Robé will present his book Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas. Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the hBook Cover Breaking the Spellistoricaltrajectory of anarchist-inflected video activism from the late 1960s to thepresent. Two predominant trends emerge from this social movement-basedvideo activism: 1) anarchist-inflected processes increasingly structure itsproduction, distribution, and exhibition practices; and 2) video does notsimply represent collective actions and events, but also serves as a formof activist practice in and of itself from the moment of recording to itslater distribution and exhibition. Video plays an increasingly importantrole among activists in the growing global resistance against neoliberalcapitalism.

Chris Robé is an associate professor in Film and Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He has published essays on radical media in journals like Jump Cut, Rethinking Marxism, and Journal of Film and Video and written a monograph titled Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture.

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