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DR JOHN LUTZ - Victoria in the Steps of the Transformers - Indigenous and Settler Spaces
08 Dec, 2018 | 1:28:44 |
EN | John Carricitos |

Victoria is a storied place with many layers. For example, few are aware that Xehals, the great transformers of the Coast Salish world stopped here as they “made the world right” -- creating parts of Victoria’s landscape still visible today. In this UVic Café Historique talk, historian John Lutz takes us on a tour of some the places where Indigenous...
Arturo Vargas -Why the 2020 Census Matters
03 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

How important is the 2020 census? Very. Its repercussions are profound. It’s about power and money. In theory the census should be neutral, an objective collection of data. But like almost everything else these days it is politically charged. The numbers determine representation in Congress and allocation of federal funds. The Census Bureau is part of the Department of Commerce....
Stephen Bezruchka – Economic Inequality Kills
26 Nov, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Given that people in the U.S. spend more money on health care than the rest of the world combined, then logic would dictate that we have the best health outcomes. Well, we don’t. Why? Increasing evidence from epidemiologists— the scientists who study the health of populations — indicates that everything from life expectancy to infant mortality to obesity, can be...
DR JAN GRABOWSKI - Removing Memory one Statue at a Time
19 Nov, 2018 | 1:21:46 |
EN | John Carricitos |

Removing Memory one Statue at a Time: Comparing Eastern Europe and Canada, a special lecture contributing to the debate triggered by the recent removal of the statue of John A. Macdonald by Victoria City Council. The removal, itself contentious, was followed by reassessments of other “controversial characters” in local history whose statues may or may not deserve relocation. Meanwhile, interest...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortíz – Guns & the White Republic
19 Nov, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The founding of the United States was based on the ideology of white supremacy, the practice of slavery, land theft and genocide. The mass murder of indigenous people by Euro-colonizers was fueled by white nationalism. From the settler colonialists down to the present, the U.S. has had a long love affair with guns. Violence is driven by racism, patriarchy, misogyny...
DR JULIA BAUM - Corals and Climate Change
17 Nov, 2018 | 0:59:01 |
EN | John Carricitos |

A UVic Café Scientifique series talk given at Hermann's Jazz Club, Victoria BC, on Tuesday evening, November 13th, 2018 by Dr. Julia Baum, Associate Professor of Biology, UVic, and leader of the Baum Lab. The talk is entitled: Corals and Climate Change - Glimmers of Hope from an Ecological Crisis
Edward Said - U.S. Interventions in the Middle East
05 Nov, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The current occupant of the White House has said, “The Middle East is a troubled place. There are a lot of bad things happening in that part of the world.” Indeed. But why is it troubled place and why are bad things happening there? There is no mention of Washington’s role. Actions have consequences. U.S. invasions, occupations, coups and economic...
Haley Pessin - The Radical Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
29 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Fannie Lou Hamer was a fighter for equality and justice who said, “If I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom.” Going against entrenched racism she was able to accomplish much in gaining voting rights for African Americans. She died in 1977 at the age of 59. Voting rights remain under attack. In the...
Chris Hedges - Root Causes of a Failed System
22 Oct, 2018 | 0:59:04 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We live in an era of where the 1% is raking it in. We have dog whistle politics, bullying and disdain for science and facts. Some coming. For example, Neil Postman is his classic work Amusing Ourselves to Death nailed it when he wrote, “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round...
Eric Holt-Giménez - Pushing Back the Corporate Food Regime
15 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Food is the basis of life. We need it to live. It is as simple as that. The UN declares, “the right to adequate food is a long-standing international human right.” But the aim of 21st century capitalism is not primarily to promote our well-being and health, it is to control markets and maximize profits. The production of food is...
David Stannard - Native American Holocaust
01 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The barbarity of the onslaught on indigenous people by Euro-Americans settlers can scarcely be believed. Historian David Stannard states the indigenous peoples of North and South America had undergone the "worst human holocaust the world had ever witnessed, roaring across two continents non-stop for four centuries and consuming the lives of countless tens of millions of people." The Native American...
Yanis Varoufakis – How Capitalism Works
24 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The latest phase of Capitalism, neoliberalism, has left a train wreck in its wake. It’s produced a new Gilded Age. The gap between theoretical Capitalism and its actual workings is jaw dropping. The chasm is a far cry from the courses in economics taught in colleges and universities. We are told the system relies on the market. In fact, it...
Frances Fox Piven - What Movements Do
17 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The ruling class is organized and well-funded. What can be done to confront and defeat concentrations of power? As a veteran activist once said, “Organized people can beat organized money.” There is a rich history of ordinary people getting together and doing extraordinary things. Take the disability rights movement. Who gave that a chance? Oh, we can’t build ramps and...
Ralph Nader - Citizen Action: It’s Easier than We Think, Part One
10 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Overcoming adversity alone is a tough road to hoe but when you act with others it’s not as difficult. There is nothing like solidarity. There’s unity and strength in numbers. Most movements have very modest beginnings. Take women’s rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a handful of other women met in Seneca Falls in Upstate New York in 1848 to launch...
Ralph Nader - Citizen Action: It’s Easier than We Think, Part Two
10 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Overcoming adversity alone is a tough road to hoe but when you act with others it’s not as difficult. There is nothing like solidarity. There’s unity and strength in numbers. Most movements have very modest beginnings. Take women’s rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a handful of other women met in Seneca Falls in Upstate New York in 1848 to launch...
Chris Hedges – Stopping Fascism
23 Aug, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

One dictionary defines fascism as, “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.” The first fascist party was founded by Mussolini in Italy in 1915. Its etymology is traced to the Latin word meaning a bundle of rods tied around an axe, an...
Chris Hedges - Moral Imperatives
20 Aug, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What are individuals to do when faced with a moral imperative? And society at large? Philosophers since ancient times have been wrestling with this question as it involves issues of ethics and conscience. When we see an injustice do we remain passive and silent or do we intervene to try and stop it. Is it our problem or someone else’s?...
Chris Hedges - Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire
09 Aug, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew, all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned? Is the United States much different? The U.S. with its obsessive drive for control of oil and...
Tariq Ali - Connections: 1968 & 2018
11 Jun, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Nineteen sixty-eight is often described as historic, a tumultuous year that changed the U.S. and the world. Recall the assassinations of Dr. King and Robert Kennedy, resistance to the wars in Indochina, the student strikes, the Tet offensive, the ghetto uprisings and the election of Richard Nixon. In France, the rebellion against the status quo was marked by the famous...
Jeremy Scahill – Journalism: Truth or Propaganda
30 Apr, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

"An informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion," said Jefferson. And what happens to democracy when one of the major pillars of information, journalism is under attack from the highest office in the land? We live in an era where the president openly singles out journalists by name and denounces them. And when he’s at a rally he incites...
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