Global (In)Equalities: The Conditions and Consequences of Social and Natural Disparities

CIS & PGE present Global (In)Equalities a 2014-15 public series of lectures, discussions, and film screenings.

global-inequalities-logoBeginning in Autumn Quarter 2014, CIS presents Global (In)Equalities, a year-long series of public lectures, discussions and film screenings that investigate the character and experience of inequality today.

Recent transformations within the global economy, from increased neoliberal reform and the dismantling of the social welfare state to manufacturing-driven growth in the Global South, have resulted in a massive respatialization of wealth and poverty, adding new dimensions to one of the world’s oldest problems: inequality.

Through this series, the Center for International Studies and the Program on the Global Environment examine the contemporary political, economic and environmental underpinnings of inequality as well as their social and global ramifications.

CIS and PGE invite you to join in this year-long conversation as we continue our longstanding tradition of bringing issues of global importance before the public eye.

AUTUMN QUARTER
The Economy and Its Discontents
Presenters discuss the structural conditions of contemporary inequality and the emergent politics that address growing social and economic disparity.

October 14, 2014
Protesting Inequality: Occupy & Beyond  •  WATCH VIDEO »
A conversation with Marina Sitrin, co-author of They Can’t Represent US! Reinventing Democracy From Greece to Occupy and UChicago professor WJT Mitchell, co-author of Occupy: Three Essay in Disobedience on the current conditions of social protest around the world.

October 21, 2014
Expulsions: Complexity and Brutality in the Global Economy  •  WATCH VIDEO »
Acclaimed sociologist Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) examines predatory economic forms and their social and environmental impacts.

November 17, 2014
Eastern Communism and the Politics of the Global South  •  WATCH VIDEO »
Historian Vijay Prashad (Trinity College) examines political responses to inequality in the developing world.

WINTER QUARTER
Precarity: Inequality in the Everyday
Presentations explore the lived experience of social and economic insecurity within stratified societies.

January 29, 2015
Anthropologist Laurence Ralph (Harvard University) examines survival & hardship on Chicago’s West Side.
February 4, 2015
A roundtable discussion about inequality’s effects on contemporary Mexico, featuring US and Mexican scholars and policy makers.
February 12, 2015
Duke University professor Anne Allison discusses the precarity of life and death as contemporary Japan undergoes a neoliberal shift to “self-responsibility”.

SPRING QUARTER
Environments of Inequality
Presentations bring into focus how global inequalities affect vulnerability to disaster, the politics of climate change and movements for environmental justice.

March 31, 2015

Upper Caste Racism: The Marked and Unmarked Across the Globe
Historian Gyanendra Pandey analyzes the dynamics of racism worldwide.

April 13, 2015
Renewable energy expert Daniel Kammen discusses prospects for energy sustainability and equality.
April 23, 2015
Journalist and sociologist Christian Parenti follows up on his book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.
Late Industrialism: Producing Inequalities
Anthropologist Kim Fortun examines the social and environmental challenges of our industrial past and future
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