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David Harvey, radical geographer and author of A Companion to Marx’s Capital will speak at King’s on 27th April and at the ICA on 28th April.

The Centre for European Studies & KCL Reading Capital present…
A talk by the world’s most cited academic geographer
DAVID HARVEY
Author of ‘A Companion to Marx’s Capital’
Tuesday 27 April. 6.30pm. Free.
Great Hall, Strand, King’s College London
Please arrive early to avoid disappointment (Doors open 6pm).
For more info contact kclreadingcapital@gmail.com
With grateful thanks to

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Crisis of Capitalism
Wednesday 28 April 2010 6:45 pm
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
£12 / £11 Concessions / £10 ICA Members
Book tickets here

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Verso will have a bookstand at The Left in Palestine conference at SOAS this weekend (27th-28th February 2010).

Speakers include:

Gilbert Achcar (editor of The Legacy of Ernest Mandel)

Leila Khaled (PFLP, Palestine National Council member – presentation via video)

Ilan Pappe (new historian and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine)

Jamal Zahlaka (Leader of the National Democratic Assembly/Balad and Knesset member)

See the full programme here.  Buy tickets online here.

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Peter Hallward, author of Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment appeared on Democracy Now! yesterday to talk about the Haiti earthquake

Haitian President René Préval said Sunday that the death toll from the earthquake could reach 300,000 once all the bodies are recovered from the rubble. We speak to Peter Hallward, professor of Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University. “Unless prevented by renewed popular mobilisation in both Haiti and beyond, the perverse international emphasis on security will continue to distort the reconstruction effort, and with it the configuration of Haitian politics for some time to come,” wrote Hallward recently. “What is already certain is that if further militarisation proceeds unchecked, the victims of the January earthquake won’t be the only avoidable casualties of 2010.”

Watch the programme here.

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Tariq Ali will be in conversation with David Baddiel in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre tomorrow, 11th February,  as part of Jewish Book Week.

Neither Tariq Ali nor David Baddiel are afraid of controversy and engaging in serious issues with wit and depth. The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom, Ali’s latest collection of essays, shows the wide range of his interests from Cervantes to Zionism, cricket to Proust. The Infidel, David Baddiel’s eagerly anticipated film, is a hilarious comedy starring Omid Djalilli as a Muslim cab driver who suddenly finds out he’s adopted from a very different religious background. Prepare for an open and frank discussion of religion, politics and identity, peppered with humour and passion.

Full details and tickets here.

Tariq Ali is an internationally acclaimed writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics, as well as scripts for the stage and screen.  His latest novel and the final book in his Islam quintet, Night of the Golden Butterfly, is published by Verso in May. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.

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An obituary of Daniel Bensaïd, the late French philosopher and author of Marx For Our Times, is published in this month’s Socialist Review:

Daniel Bensaïd died on 12 January, after fighting a painful cancer for months at the end of close to 15 years of living with Aids. The impressive international tribute he received – most French media and several newspapers all over the world devoted long tributes to him – is a testimony to the fact that he was rightly perceived as a prominent French intellectual and political leader, as well as a key intellectual figure of global stature.

Daniel was regarded as the main theoretician of the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste founded last year and had been a central figure of the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire for decades before that.

Read the full obituary here.

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Verso 9781844673971 On the Town PB

Blueprint magazine, architecture and design bible, reviews On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square, Marshall Berman’s pulsating history of Times Square and its iconic role in America’s society of the spectacle:

It is a deeply personal communion that Berman invites; Mike Davis’ Los Angeles is just as fierce and Venturi Scott Brown’s Las Vegas just as ecstatic as Berman’s Times Square, but lacing his cultural anthropology with anecdotes and references to popular culture, the interplay between intellect and experience is easily accessible to laymen and academics alike.”

Berman’s seminal All That Is Solid Melts into Air was Mica Nava’s selection as her choice for The Times Higher Education Supplement’s regular feature ‘TheVerso 9780860917854 All That Is Solid Melts Canon’:

The early 1980s were a moment of transition in Marxism. There was an increasing engagement with postmodernism and detachment from the structuralist theories that had dominated Left thinking in the 1970s… The concepts of postmodernism and postmodernity, applied in the first instance to the arts in the US but later widened to include post-structuralism in Europe, meant that intellectual attention turned also to modernity and modernism – to what preceded postmodernity. Berman’s superbly written book made a crucial contribution to this trend.

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The new edition of Berman’s The Politics of Authenticity: Radical Individualism and the Emergence of Modern Society will be published soon.

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Judith Butler, author of Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?, asks “Why in this age of slash and burn has the UC [University of California] administration bloated by 283%, as their own public financial reports make plain? And why does the university spend $10m a year on inter-collegiate athletics and over $123m on a new athletic centre?” forFrames Grid.qxd:Layout 1 Guardian Comment is free:

The promise of affordable higher education is dying. The University of California’s students and faculty demand answers

Faculty, staff and students are collectively outraged that the university has failed to make public and transparent what the cuts have been and will be, and by what criteria and set of priorities such cuts are made. Rage also centres on the devastation of “shared governance” – the policy that faculty must be part of any decision-making that affects the academic programmes and direction of the university. In its place, a “commission” was appointed by the administration with paltry representation by faculty. Emphatically missing are those in the arts and humanities.

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During a time of corrosive neo-liberalism and rising doubts about education and the arts as public goods worthy of state support, the administration ducks and hides – when it is not boasting about its own stupidity, failing to take up the task of making its decision-making process transparent, refusing to honour the mandate to bring in the faculty to share in establishing priorities and weakening the safeguards against a rampant privatisation of this public good that will undercut the university’s core commitment to offer an education both excellent and affordable.

Read the full piece here.

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