Radical Economics: The Fifth Industrial Revolution with Diane Coyle


At a critical moment of transition, what new forms of thinking and practice are necessary to underpin an economic revolution that would support good, sustainable lives? This event, the first in a series of discussions, sees social activist and author of Radical Help, Hilary Cottam, talking to co-founder of Rethinking Economics, Yuan Yang, Christine Berry, author of People Get Ready, and economic historian Diane Coyle. Carlota Perez, a specialist in technology and socio-economic development provides video contributions.

Reading with Jack Zipes

Join us for a reading and  book launch celebrating three new books of magical tales: The Giant Olm and Tiny Tim, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Smack Bam, or The Art of Governing Men. Jack will be joined by friends and storytellers to share these new titles.

Kalamazoo Zugunruhe featuring Nick Haddad

(Zoo-gun-roo): “The migratory drive in animals, especially birds 
during the normal migration period.” Join us for an exciting new 
event celebrating the incredible migratory instincts of Michigan birds, 
bats, and butterflies. Movement is an essential narrative of nature, so 
come explore fun ways to move at the Kalamazoo Zugunruhe!

Sharon Marcus’ THE DRAMA OF CELEBRITY (in convo w/ André Dombrowski)

The Drama of Celebrity is a look at celebrity over the past 200 years. Arguably invented in the 18th century, the book shows, through archival research and vintage scrapbooks, that celebrity endorsements and fan mail were not invented in Hollywood. Marcus uses Sarah Bernhardt, or the 19th century Lady Gaga,  as her through line throughout to show the continuities between the past and present. The book also uniquely offers a model for how celebrity works: icons are not merely famous for being famous, the media alone cannot make or break stars, and fans are not simply passive dupes. Marcus argues that although some can find celebrity culture disdainful, there is nothing inherently problematic about it and stardom can actually be of real positive import.
Sharon Marcus is a founding editor of Public Books and the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of the award-winning Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton) and Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London. Twitter @MarcusSharon.

Southern Conservatism and Its Impact on Today’s Politics with Kevin M. Kruse

Southern Conservatism and Its Impact on Today’s PoliticsCivil/Human Rights, Emory, History, Nonfiction

In this reappraisal of racial politics in modern America, Kevin M. Kruse explains the causes and consequences of “white flight” in Atlanta and elsewhere. Seeking to understand segregationists on their own terms, White Flight moves past simple stereotypes to explore the meaning of white resistance. In the end, Kruse finds that segregationist resistance, which failed to stop the civil rights movement, nevertheless managed to preserve the world of segregation and even perfect it in subtler and stronger forms. In Atticus Finch, historian Joseph Crespino draws on exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee’s father provided the central inspiration for each of her books. A lawyer and newspaperman, A. C. Lee was a principled opponent of mob rule, yet he was also a racial paternalist. When a militant segregationist movement arose that mocked his values, she revised the character in To Kill a Mockingbird to defend her father and to remind the South of its best traditions. Join these two historians as they discuss the south’s history of segregation, southern conservatism, and the impact of each on today’s politics.

Caitlin Zaloom: Indebted

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

The struggle to pay for college is one of the defining features of middle-class life in America today. At kitchen tables all across the country, parents agonize over whether to burden their children with loans or to sacrifice their own financial security by taking out a second mortgage or draining their retirement savings. Indebted takes readers into the homes of middle-class families throughout the nation to reveal the hidden consequences of student debt and the ways that financing college has transformed family life.

Caitlin Zaloom gained the confidence of numerous parents and their college-age children, who talked candidly with her about stressful and intensely personal financial matters that are usually kept private. In this remarkable book, Zaloom describes the profound moral conflicts for parents as they try to honor what they see as their highest parental duty—providing their children with opportunity—and shows how parents and students alike are forced to take on enormous debts and gamble on an investment that might not pay off. What emerges is a troubling portrait of an American middle class fettered by the “student finance complex”—the bewildering labyrinth of government-sponsored institutions, profit-seeking firms, and university offices that collect information on household earnings and assets, assess family needs, and decide who is eligible for aid and who is not.

Superbly written and unflinchingly honest, Indebted breaks through the culture of silence surrounding the student debt crisis, revealing the unspoken costs of sending our kids to college.

Join us in the 2nd Floor Art Department as Caitlyn discusses her new book with fellow author Ron Lieber!

Caitlin Zaloom is associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. She is a founding editor of Public Books and the author of Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London. She lives in New York City. Twitter @caitlinzaloom

Ron Lieber is the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times. Before joining the Times in 2008, he wrote The Wall Street Journal’s “Green Thumb” personal finance column, was part of the start-up team at the paper’s “Personal Journal” section, and worked at Fortune and Fast Company magazines. He is the author or coauthor of three books, including The New York Times bestseller Taking Time Off.

David Blanchflower seminar at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Research Seminars at the Minneapolis Fed are technical economic discussions targeted for the PhD level. To request attendance, please call 612-204-6455 at least 24 hours in advance.

If you call without 24-hour advance notification or show up as a walk-in, you will not be able to attend the workshop/seminar.

Listed below in chronological order is Research’s Applied Theory Workshop and Bag Lunch Seminar schedule. Workshops and seminars are held in the Research conference room. Unless otherwise indicated, workshops/seminars will begin at 12:00 noon.

Busboys Books Presents: The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America

How the clash between the civil rights firebrand and the father of modern conservatism continues to illuminate America’s racial divide

On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual. The topic was “the American dream is at the expense of the American Negro,” and no one who has seen the debate can soon forget it. Nicholas Buccola’s The Fire Is upon Us is the first book to tell the full story of the event, the radically different paths that led Baldwin and Buckley to it, the controversies that followed, and how the debate and the decades-long clash between the men continues to illuminate America’s racial divide today.

Born in New York City only fifteen months apart, the Harlem-raised Baldwin and the privileged Buckley could not have been more different, but they both rose to the height of American intellectual life during the civil rights movement. By the time they met in Cambridge, Buckley was determined to sound the alarm about a man he considered an “eloquent menace.” For his part, Baldwin viewed Buckley as a deluded reactionary whose popularity revealed the sickness of the American soul. The stage was set for an epic confrontation that pitted Baldwin’s call for a moral revolution in race relations against Buckley’s unabashed elitism and implicit commitment to white supremacy.

A remarkable story of race and the American dream, The Fire Is upon Us reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of a conflict that continues to haunt our politics.

NICHOLAS BUCCOLA is the author of The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass and the editor of The Essential Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy. His work has appeared in the New York TimesSalon, and many other publications. He is the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and lives in Portland.

JONATHAN RAUCH, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, is the author of seven books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50.

Tom Campanella presents Brooklyn: The Once and Future City in conversation with Philip Lopate

America’s most storied urban underdog, Brooklyn has become an internationally recognized brand in recent decades—celebrated and scorned as one of the hippest destinations in the world. In Brooklyn: The Once and Future City, Brooklyn-born Thomas J. Campanella unearths long-lost threads of the urban past, telling the rich history of the rise, fall, and reinvention of one of the world’s most resurgent cities. Campanella tracks the dreams, visions, and outsized failures that created the Brooklyn we know today, revealing how this immigrant Promised Land drew millions, fell victim to its own social anxieties, and yet proved resilient enough to reawaken as a multicultural powerhouse and global symbol of urban vitality. Fellow Brooklynite and award-winning writer Phillip Lopate joins Campanella in conversation.

John Burnside: A New Way of Looking at Things

‘There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy.’ Although that could have been written in 2019, it’s from American writer Henry Miller, whose career was tarnished by misogyny accusations in the 1970s. Today acclaimed writer John Burnside discusses On Henry Miller and a man whose anarchist beliefs challenged conformity in what Burnside calls ‘the air-conditioned nightmare’ of modernity.

Thomas Seeley: “The Bee Colony as a Honey Factory”

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association is hosting a visit by renowned honeybee ethologist Dr. Thomas D. Seeley on Aug. 24 and 25.

Seeley — a Horace White professor of biology at Cornell University — has published many books describing honeybee life based on his decades of scientific field research on swarm intelligence with the honeybee as the research animal. His books include “Honeybee Ecology” (1985), “The Wisdom of the Hive” (1995), “Honeybee Democracy” (2010) and “Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting” (2016). His latest book, published in May, is “The Lives of Bees.”

Seeley researches the how and why honeybees conduct their lives. He will be traveling from New York, making this a rare opportunity for bee enthusiasts to meet Seeley in person and participate with him in fieldwork.

His main presentation is set for Aug. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Humboldt County Ag Center, 5630 S. Broadway, Eureka. Seeley will present “The Bee Colony as a Honey Factory” from 10 to 11 a.m., after which he will speak briefly about hunting wild bees. Light refreshments will be provided. The suggested donation is $5.

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association also invites bee enthusiasts to an all-day wild bee hunt led by Seeley on Aug. 25, with the location to be determined. This event is limited to the first 20 participants to sign up. To reserve a space, send an email with “Dr. Seeley Bee Hunt Reservation” in the subject line to Humboldtbeekeepers@gmail.com. The fee is $125 paid in advance. Go to the HCBA website, humboldtbeekeepers.org, for additional information.

Bee expert to visit Humboldt County

Nick Haddad: The Last Butterflies

Light refreshments, hosted bar, and lecture by scientist Nick Haddad on research and findings for his new book, The Last Butterflies.