Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:30pm

Five Week Special

William Styron’s historical novel The Confessions of Nat Turner won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968. The novel made the world conscious of the slave revolt in Virginia led by Turner in 1831. Styron was a white writer from Virginia. In response to the success of Styron’s novel, an anthology of African-American criticism was published by Beacon Press, featuring the work of 10 different critics. But other African-American writers praised Styron for his work, most notably James Baldwin, who predicted that the history of the rebellion would continue to be written for years to come. That has remained the case to this...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:30pm

Essential new book!

“Don’t mourn, organize!” was a favored campaign slogan  of the old Left, part of a commitment to struggles of long duration  against social injustice and a belief in the ultimate triumph of socialism. But with the rise of identity politics, the importance of memory work, of recording and celebrating hitherto hidden and ignored life histories, has been widely recognized along with a nostalgic tendency in some quarters to mourn the “world we have lost” where working class culture, tied to the labor movement, was a major and progressive political force. But are the do-it-yourself archival practices of the me-too...