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The Platypus Affiliated Society is proud to host James Vaughn, PhD., for his talk on the United Kingdom's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union in three historical contexts: 1. the development of capitalism and Great Power rivalry from the nineteenth century to the present; 2. the evolution of the liberal world order and European integration since the Second World War; and 3. the rise, triumph, and crisis of neoliberalism from the 1970s to today. There will be plenty of time for discussion afterwards. Light refreshments will be served!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Parlin 105, Parlin Hall, UT Austin

Join the Platypus Affiliated Society for a screening of "World War I, The Russian Revolution & Woodrow Wilson: Roots of Empire," the first prequel to Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States." We will follow the screening with a discussion led by UT American Studies PhD student Zoya Brumberg. We will provide delicious snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Parlin 101, University of Texas at Austin

In the 21st century, does Marx even matter? What is socialism, and why does the word seem to be coming up more now? Does the history behind these concepts have any relevance for us today?

Please bring your questions about Marxism, socialism, and the Left. After a brief presentation on capitalism and history there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Parlin 101, University of Texas at Austin

What exactly do we mean when we talk about sex? And what does it have to do with Marxism and the left?

We are living in the moment of #MeToo and sex positivity—the contradictory world created by feminism, patriarchy, sexual liberation, and of course, politics and the law.

This teach-in and discussion is hosted by the Platypus Affiliated Society and facilitated by American Studies doctoral student Zoya Brumberg. We will delve into the ways that "sex" is addressed in leftism and contemporary society, focusing closely on the history of sexual taboos and how they manifest in the United States today—a time when so many sex acts and identities are deemed acceptable.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Parlin 101, University of Texas at Austin