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October 2021

Picturing Maine’s Indigenous Context: Colonialism and the Penobscot (online)

October 14, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

A talk by Liam Riordan, Professor of History, The University of Maine This illustrated lecture uses the recent removal of the Gomez Memorial in Bangor and four works of art (created from 1835 to 2020) to reconsider how we understand colonialism in the lower Penobscot River and bay as well as the experiences of Penobscot people and their nation. Contemporary Wabanaki vitality has profound implications for how we should understand colonialism and this region in the past, present, and future.…

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Development: Modern Capitalist Perspectives and Gandhi-Informed and Marx-Informed Socialist Perspectives (online)

October 21, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

A talk by Doug Allen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, The University of Maine. What does it mean to submit that an individual, economy, society, culture, religion, civilization, nation, or world is at a high level of development? Why are modern capitalist perspectives structurally exploitative, amoral and immoral, violent, alienating, dehumanizing, destructive, and unsustainable? We’ll present creatively formulated Gandhi-informed and Marx-informed perspectives offering a higher level of human and global development. Doug Allen has served as the Coordinator of the Socialist…

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November 2021

Climate Change Exacerbates Inequality, but does Inequality Exacerbate Climate Change? (online)

November 4, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

A talk by Cindy Isenhour, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Climate Change, The University of Maine Drawing on interdisciplinary literature on anthropogenic climate drivers and potential emissions reduction, Isenhour argues that while we've long recognized the need to pay attention to issues of power, equity, and justice when planning climate adaptation programs, these issues have been neglected in discussions about mitigation. We’ll consider linkages between inequality and emissions on various scales, from local to global, for addressing inequality as a means…

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Double Header: Activist Scholars and Social Unionism and Academic Freedom, Due Process, and Rights at the University of Maine (online)

November 18, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

"Activist Scholars and Social Unionism: The Meaning of the Walsh-Sweezy Case at Harvard University, 1935–1938," presented by Nathan Godfried, Professor of History, The University of Maine and "Academic Freedom, Due Process, and Rights at the University of Maine," presented by Lisa Neuman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies, University of Maine. Godfried will describe the controversial “Walsh-Sweezy case” at Harvard and how this case raises significant questions today about academic freedom, faculty governance, faculty unions, and the role…

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March 2022

Family Surveillance (Note: Zoom lecture, Monday, 6 p.m.)

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dorothy Roberts, University Professor of Law, Sociology, Civil Rights, and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania Acclaimed scholar of race, gender and law, Dorothy Roberts will deliver annual Howard B. Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Lecture. Schonberger was esteemed professor of history at UMaine and a founder of Socialist and Marxist Studies Lecture Series. Roberts’s major books include "Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and The Meaning of Liberty and Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re‐create Race in…

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Occupation and Cooperation: Strategies for Socialism in Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement

March 31 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Bangor Room, Memorial Union, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Bruce Gilbert, Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Arts, Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec Marxist politics has often focused on seizing state power through revolutionary or electoral means, producing mostly failures of great bloodshed and violence, coup d'états and weak social democratic policies. In Brazil, the Landless Workers Movement (MST) has adopted a different strategy to build socialism: tracts of underutilized land "occupied" by hundreds of impoverished and marginalized families and turned into farming cooperatives that typically have their own schools and…

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April 2022

Socialism in 2022 (Zoom Panel)

April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Sonja K. Birthisel, Director of the Wilson Center, The University of Maine Ian M. Mette, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, UMaine Doug Allen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, UMaine Go to for the Zoom link to join all programs and for more information about the Spring series

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The Relevance of Ambedkar, Gandhi and Hinduism in Indian Politial Identifications of Today (Zoom lecture)

April 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Mahesh Upadhyaya, Regional Director for IPM South Asia B.R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi are revered figures in India. Born a Dalit (“Untouchable”), Ambedkar was the key figure in drafting the Constitution of India, became leader in opposing caste, and converted to Buddhism. Gandhi, most influential proponent of nonviolence, remained Hindu while rejecting much of traditional Hinduism. How can their approaches be related to majoritarian politics, including what some regard as the violence of majoritarian politics in India today and the…

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