April 2016 Point of View: a Double Header
Our lectures are held from 7-9 pm, generally on the third Thursday of the month at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, ROOM 12, Sacramento, CA (between Castro Way and 4th Ave.) Room 12 is back at the south end of the building, opposite end from the restrooms. We apologize for that inconvenience. This month, we offer two speakers, on April 21 and April 28, both Thursdays.
Thursday, April 21, Alana Apfel, author of the new book, Birth Work as Care Work, on the revolutionary work of doulas, and the politics surrounding such ‘care work’. Her book, a vibrant collection of stories and insights from the front lines of birth activist communities, has a preface, introduction and foreword by Loretta Ross, Silvia Federici and Victoria Law.
The author, herself a scholar and birth justice organizer, provides a unique platform to explore the political dynamics of birth work, drawing connections between birth, reproductive labor, and the struggles of caregiving communities today. Articulating a politics of care work in and through the reproductive process, the book brings diverse voices into conversation to explore multiple possibilities and avenues for change.
At a moment when agency over our childbirth experiences is increasingly centralized in the hands of professional elites, Birth Work as Care Work presents creative new ways to reimagine the trajectory of our reproductive processes. Most importantly, the contributors present new ways of thinking about the entire life cycle, providing a unique and creative entry point into the essence of all human struggle—the struggle over the reproduction of life itself.
Thursday April 28, Confirmed April Extra and then Cancelled and then Replaced!! John Holloway, professor of sociology at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades in the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico unfortunately has had to cancel his scheduled tour.
Instead we will hear again from our friend Ramsey Kanaan, whose publishing house PM Press has brought us many of our speakers. Ramsey will speak of what he knows well: The Rise and Fall of Publishing. He is a most engaging speaker, as those of you know who attended his analysis of the resistance to the Poll Tax imposed in Britain in the last 1980s. And he is certainly familiar with the pressures on print publishing over that last several decades. Yet while print media are dead, newspapers are "folding up" and nobody reads ... what are those things? Oh, yes, "books" — still, Ramsey cheerfully prints, promotes and even sells books (and CDs and eBooks, to be sure). Come to this — you'll be enlightened and entertained. And you'll have the opportunity to buy a book or two.
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