Spring 2017 Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series

Hey there, you lovers of social theory and philosophy!  Old Capitol Books is teaming up again with the Direct Action Monterey Network to bring a series of seminars on critical and political theory to downtown Monterey.tcas-banner

This spring’s seminars are facilitated by a collection of community organizors, professors, and students who live and work on the peninsula, covering the topics of Anarchism, Polyamory, Social Perceptions of Disability, and Reproductive Justice.

In the past, the TCAS seminars have included led discussion groups around readings addressing Polyamory, Anarchism, Prisons & Incarceration, Alternative Sexualities, Understanding Fascism, and Revolutionizing Education (just to name a few).  This spring we’re moving into our thirteenth series of TCAS and it’s a great hit!

These series of seminar sessions have been put together to encourage the exchange of ideas, experiences, and knowledge surrounding a particular topic or theme. We want to create a place where people can meet with other people from Monterey Bay communities to talk about current events and discuss new philosophies and ways of thinking critically about society. Though these seminars have been designed for non-students, and for those of us who have had little or no college experience, everyone is invited to participate. We believe that everyone can have something to offer to the seminars as we move through current debates in politics and different political and social theories.

What is Anarchism?

Friday 7 April 2017, 7pm
Facilitated by Michael Frederiksen

Come learn some of the basic principles of anarchism and join in a discussion about the relevance of anarchism today.


Polyamory, or Ethical Nonmonogamy
Friday 14 April 2017, 7pm
Facilitated by Stephanie Spoto

“Polyamory (from Greek πολύ [poly], meaning ‘many’ or ‘several’, and Latin amor, ‘love’) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.” This discussion will explore jealousy, sexuality, and love under capitalism.


Social Perceptions of Disability
Friday 21 April 2017, 7pm
Facilitated by Michael Frederiksen

Discuss the various perspectives about disability, with an emphasis on listening to the experiences of people with disabilities.


Reproductive Justice
Friday 28 April 2016, 7pm
Facilitated by Sriya Shrestha

Information coming soon.


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