*Upcoming Events*

Friday 9 March 2018, 7pm: The Isms of March! : Anarchism (Thinking Critically about Society)

Part of our series of discussions for The Isms of March!, we’ll be teaming up with the Direct Action Monterey Network to explore the philosophies of Anarchism through key readings, and then use these philosophies to discuss current events.

Sunday 11 March 2018, 2pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs and John Laue

A curated event by the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium featuring some of the best local and regional poets. This month, come here the beautiful verse of Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs and John Laue.

Sunday 11 March 2018, 4pm: Free poetry workshop with Heather Flescher

Our free poetry writing workshop for all levels and abilities. Different local poets facilitate various writing exercises and guide through the exploration of different poetic techniques. Bring a poem to share or come ready to write your own! Free and open to everyone.

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 6pm: Networking Aloud! A monthly open mic

This month’s featured writer is Ayaz Pirani. He was born in Tanzania. His degree is from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he was a student of the late Jack Myers. His first book, Happy You Are Here, was published in 2016 and his poem ‘African Masks’ was recently featured in Poem in Your Pocket Day by the Academy of American Poets.

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 4:30: Book signing and presentation – Lara Hues

Hues is that author of several books, including Arrows (Lycaon Press, 2014) and Allies of Ignorance (Cedar Fort Publishing, 2016). She will be in store discussing her recent work, as well as her journey to publication, her literary inspiration, and much more!

Friday 16 March 2018, 6pm: The Isms of March! : Neoliberalism (Thinking Critically about Society)

Dr. Sriya Shrestha (CSU Monterey Bay) will be leading a discussion exploring what is meant by the term ‘neoliberalism’ – a term for the economic, culture, and social shifts that have occurred in the United States and abroad since the 1970s. Over the last few decades, people all over the world have felt the intense impacts of a changing global economy. Deindustrialization has left once thriving manufacturing communities abandoned and struggling. Most of us have been impacted by one or more of these shifts, in this seminar we will contextualize these issues within a set of global trends that have fostered inequality and wide-spread social unrest all over the world.

Sunday 18 March 2018, 6pm: Anarchist Black Cross – political prisoner letter writing

Our monthly letter writing night where we write letters to US political prisoners. We send them books, too!

Friday 23 March 2018, 6pm: The Isms of March! : Marxism (Thinking Critically about Society)

Marx and Engels’ theories became the most important political philosophies of the twentieth century, inspiring revolutions all over the world. Though we now maybe are familiar with some critiques of capitalism and some of the language of class consciousness, how might we understand some of the more nuanced aspects of Marxist thought? Why are dialectics and historical materialism and why were these ideas important to Marxist thought?

Friday 30 March 2018, 6pm: The Isms of March! : Primitivism (Thinking Critically about Society)

The ethos of Primitivism is based on the philosophical stance that civilization is itself unsustainable both from humanity and the ecology of the planet. Primitivism has also been approached by movements rooted in religious beliefs, psychological, Marxist and social concepts such as intimacy and ownership of production, and by historical and ongoing resistance to the state by hunter-gatherering and subsistence farming societies, either established de novo by social schisms or by indigenous peoples. This discussion focuses on this radical critique of our way of life.

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