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The People’s Forum

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320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
347-695-1095 https://peoplesforum.org/

April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Thursday, repeating until June 13, 2019

Arabic Language for Social Movements (True Beginner)

Thursdays, March 7th - June 13th, 2019 5:30-8:30PM (3hrs/week; 45 hrs.) The Center for Language Justice and the People’s Forum are offering beginner-level courses to folks who have little to no prior knowledge of Arabic.
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April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, repeating until April 25, 2019

Dance For The People

Come dance at The People's Forum! Together, we’ll study and embody the social and political significance of dance. Every week, we’ll build strength and skill, explore our creative impulses and learn new choreography.
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April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Friday, repeating until May 24, 2019

Marx’s Capital, volume one (1)

Seminar of the NYC Marxist Studies Collective at the People's Forum conducted by Russell Dale. This course will be a careful reading of the first third of Marx's great economic analysis and critique of capitalism, Capital, volume one. This will be the first of three consecutive courses (Spring, Summer, Fall 2019) in which we will carefully read and discuss the entire work.
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April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film Screening: Tout Va Bien

Godard and Gorin’s film, unpopular and hardly viewed when released, emerges nearly 50 years later as a film with increasing relevance to the days as lived during this late capitalist period. One can see many of the participants in this film wearing gilets jaunes if the film were being shot today.
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April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Book Launch: Being and Insurrection

Join us, along with writer/philosopher A. Shahid Stoverand professor LaRose T. Parris for an engaging and critical dialogue about Being and Insurrection, a work of existential liberation theory rooted in lived Black experience.
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April 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 4, 2019

Capital in Crisis: 2008 to 2020 and Beyond

A review of the 2008 capitalist crisis with a reading and discussion of David McNally’s Global Slump and other works.
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April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, repeating until May 11, 2019

What does it Mean to be Left?

This course will discuss what it means to be Left, both in the past and in the present and will posit some thoughts for a new left formation adequate to the demands of the contemporary world.
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April 27 @ 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:15pm on Saturday, repeating until May 11, 2019

Freud and Philosophy: Overcoming the Self and its Aporias

This seminar will address the very ambivalent and volatile relationship between psychoanalysis and philosophical discourse
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April 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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The Age of Anxiety

This six week course will explore this age of anxiety and its fetishization of the self. The course will be structured around Konstantinos Tsoukalas’ recent book Age of Anxiety and will also include readings from W.H. Auden, Leonard Cohen, Michael Sandel, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Erich Fromm.
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April 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, repeating until June 2, 2019

Spanish Language for Social Movements (True Beginner)

Sundays, February 24th, 2019 - June 2nd, 2019 10:00pm-1:00pm (3hrs./week; 45 hrs.) The Center for Language Justice and the People’s Forum are offering beginner-level courses to folks who have little to no prior knowledge of Spanish.
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April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lenny Foster: Native American Issues and Leonard Peltier

Lenny Foster of the Diné Nation (former Director of the Navajo Nation Corrections Project), talking about Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who was unfairly and illegally tried and convicted for his participation in a firefight on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975.
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April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Revolution in the Air: A Book Talk and Discussion

Join us for a book talk with author Max Elbaum on the re-release of his book, Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che.  Max will joined for a discussion by leader and scholar Willie Baptist. 
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April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until April 29, 2019

Black Reconstruction

Some have called the U.S. Civil War the “second American revolution” or the completion of the first American revolution. Others claim that the war of independence and Civil War were not revolutions, but had tremendous revolutionary potential. We will read W.E.B. DuBois’ Black Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2007) in whole, and for more recent research, the middle part of Steven Hahn’s A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South (Harvard University Press, 2003).
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April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 7, 2019

Reading Marx’s Capital Volume 1 with David Harvey

A close reading of the text of Volume I of Marx’s Capital with Professor David Harvey. This semester-long class meets on Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 8:00pm beginning on February 5th. Registration is now closed.
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May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 8, 2019

Theories of Poverty

Drawing on religious and cultural references, news media, and other sources, we will examine the deeply entrenched ideologies that keep society at large from recognizing the breadth and depth of poverty and, therefore, prevent us from seeking long-term and real solutions that can end poverty.
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May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 29, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until June 29, 2019

Arabic Language for Social Movements (True Beginner)

The Center for Language Justice and the People’s Forum are offering beginner-level courses to folks who have little to no prior knowledge of Arabic.
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May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 29, 2019

Lessons From the Movement to End Slavery

The ideas and politics of the movement to end slavery can teach us valuable lessons for today’s struggles. This course aims prepare participants for deeper study of W.E.B. Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction in America.
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May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Book Launch: Militant Education with Sonia Vaz Borges

Join us for the Launch of Sónia Vaz Borges’s new book, "Militant Education, liberation struggle and consciousness. The PAIGC education in Guinea Bissau 1963-1978."  Sónia will be joined for a discussion with Craig Wilson.
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May 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

A presentation on Thomas Sankara’s Revolutionary Legacy

Who was Thomas Sankara? What did he stand for? Why is the political course he fought for relevant to working people in Africa and the US? Join us on a presentation on Thomas Sankara's Revolutionary Legacy.
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May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on April 1, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on April 20, 2019 at 3:30pm

One event on May 6, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on May 18, 2019 at 3:00am

One event on June 3, 2019 at 7:00pm

Songs in the Key of Resistance

Songs in the Key of Resistance is a community song and chant share hosted by the NYC Poor People's Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival and The People's Forum. This is a space to develop relationships and strengthen our community through song.
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May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until June 6, 2019

Reading the Almanac of the Dead

This will be an immersive reading of Leslie Marmon Silko's "The Almanac of the Dead." This course will explore what might we learn from "The Almanac of the Dead" about capitalist production and its relationship to the Indigenous situation in the Americas.
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May 11 @ 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until July 27, 2019

Capital, Volume 2 with the Capital Studies Group

Volume I of Capital is just the beginning of unraveling the underlying laws of capitalist development. After solving the form that the production of wealth takes within a society where generalized commodity production prevails under the domination of capital, Marx takes on the next big question.
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May 11 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Saturday, repeating until July 27, 2019

Marx and Engels: Political and Historical Works, Part 1

Between this May and through our spring and summer terms, the plan for this study is to read The Condition of the English Working Class, The German Ideology, and selections of works by the young Marx and Engels leading up to the revolutions of 1848.
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May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kashmir Charity Iftar

Please join us for a Kashmir Charity Iftar on May 14, 7-10 PM. Everyone is welcome, and please bring your family and friends! We will be raising funds to support the Pellet Victims Welfare Trust, an organization that works to support the medical and financial needs of the more than 1300 victims of pellet guns in Kashmir.
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May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Politics of Abolition

Join authors James Forman Jr., Andrea Ritchie, and Alex S. Vitale for a discussion of the political challenges facing police and prison abolitionists as well as on going campaigns around the US that seek to replace police and jails with healthier communities.
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May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Joint Book Launch with Barbara Foley and Margaret Stevens

Please join us for a discussion and reception as we celebrate the launch of two groundbreaking works by mother and daughter scholars and authors Barbara Foley and Margaret Stevens.
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May 19 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

We have not come here alone: Iftar for the People!

SAVE THE DATE! More details are forthcoming, and all are welcome!
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May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 5, 2019

Theologies of Liberation

In this three-part course we will explore some of the key theological concepts at the core of this tradition and examine some of the historical and contemporary social struggles that generate and sustain a liberatory vision of God.
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May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:30pm, repeating until May 24, 2019

Critical Analysis for Movement Building: Antonio Gramsci and Conjunctural Analysis

This three-part seminar led by Dr. Jordan T. Camp and Rev. Claudia de la Cruz considers the role of conjunctural analysis in political and social movements. It will explore the development of this method by Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci.
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May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until June 27, 2019

Screenwriting with Lisa Katzman

This workshop will focus on the development of screenplays that explore social themes — including racism, class inequalities, labor relations, religious discrimination, incarceration, environmental degradation, and gender and sexual bias.
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May 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

This course will look at three different passages from the Bible and consider their history, economics, politics and morality. We will also relate the key messages from those passages to the moment we are in today.
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