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School of the Art Institute Chicago
Tuesdays at 6 PM
MacLean Center, Room 517
112 S Michigan Ave

9/1 (Friday) - Battleship Potemkin
9/5 - Reds
9/12 - Rosa Luxemburg
9/19 - Cradle Will Rock
9/26 - Grin Without a Cat (Part 1)
10/3 - Grin Without a Cat (Part 2)

University of Illinois at Chicago
Tuesdays at 6 PM
Grant Hall, Room 106
703 S Morgan St

9/12 - Reds
9/19 - Fall of Eagles
9/26 - Rosa Luxemburg
10/3 - Nixon in China

From the Second International to the Frankfurt School

Loyola University
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 PM
6738 N Sheridan Ave
at Starbucks

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Tuesdays, 6-9 PM
112 S Michigan Ave
MacLean Center, Room TBA

University of Chicago
Tuesdays, 6:30-9 PM
1116 E 59th St
Harper Memorial Library, Room 102

University of Illinois at Chicago
Tuesdays, 6-9 PM
701 S Morgan St
Stevenson Hall, Room 101

 

  • required reading / + recommended reading

 

Recommended winter break preliminary readings:

+ Leszek Kolakowski, “The concept of the Left” (1968)
+ Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate / A&Z, Introducing Lenin and the Russian Revolution / Lenin for Beginners (1977)
+ Sebastian Haffner, Failure of a Revolution: Germany 1918–19 (1968)
+ Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism / Trotsky for Beginners (1980)
+ James Joll, The Second International 1889–1914 (1966)
+ Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (1940), Part II. Ch. (1–4,) 5–10, 12–16; Part III. Ch. 1–6

 

Film screenings: January 2017

  • 37 Days(2014) [Episode 1] [Episode 2] [Episode 3]
    • Fall of Eagles (1974) episodes: "Absolute Beginners," "The Secret War," and "End Game"
    • Rosa Luxemburg (1986)
    • Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States (2012) Episodes A (1900-20) and B (1920-40)
    • Reds (1981)

 

Winter–Spring 2017

 

  1. Introduction to revolutionary Marxism

Week 13. Revolutionary leadership | Jan 31, 2017


Week 14. Reform or revolution? | Feb 7, 2017


Week 15. Lenin and the vanguard party | Feb 14, 2017


Week 16. What is to be done? | Feb 21, 2017


Week 17. Mass strike and social democracy | Feb 28, 2017


Week 18. Permanent revolution | Mar 7, 2017

  • Leon TrotskyResults and Prospects(1906)
    + Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism /Trotsky for Beginners (1980)

Week 19. State and revolution | Mar 14, 2017


Week 20. Imperialism | Mar 21, 2017


Week 21. Mar 28, 2017 (spring break)


Week 22. Failure of the revolution | Apr 4, 2017


Week 23. March 31-April 2, 2017 [Platypus International Convention]


Week 24. Retreat after revolution | Apr 18, 2017


Week 25. Dialectic of reification | Apr 25, 2017


Week 26. Lessons of October | May 2, 2017


Week 27. Trotskyism | May 9, 2017


Week 28. The authoritarian state | May 16, 2017


Week 29. On the concept of history | May 23, 2017


Week 30. Reflections on Marxism | May 30, 2017


Week 31. Theory and practice | Jun 7, 2017

Our weekly Coffee Breaks are a great way to meet Platypus members and fellow travelers, and to get to know the Platypus project. It’s an opportunity to discuss issues raised in the latest issue of the Platypus Review, consider the state of the Left, and just hang out with people who have similar political interests.

 

Spring 2014 Coffee Breaks

Loyola University: Wednesdays | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Damen Student Center, Room 123
6511 North Sheridan Road
Contact: luc@platypus1917.org

School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Thursdays | 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Cosi 116 South Michigan Avenue
Contact: saic@platypus1917.org

University of Chicago: Tuesdays | 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Harper Cafe University Hall, 601 South Morgan Street
Contact: uic@platypus1917.org

This four week reading group will examine and contextualize the history and potential future of sexual politics through an discussion of the struggle for sexual emancipation in the epoch of capitalism.

[Click on titles for PDFs of readings]


Introductory Teach-in: “Is Feminism Left?”

Loyola University — Monday, February 10 @ 7 PM

Cuneo Hall | Room 203

School of the Art Institute — Tuesday, February 11th @ 5 PM

112 S Michigan Ave | Room 919

University of Illinois at Chicago — Wednesday, February 5th @ 7 PM

Student Center East | Room 610


Juliet Mitchell — “Women: The longest revolution” (1966)

Loyola University — Wednesday, February 12 @ 5:30 PM

Dumbach Hall | Room 238

School of the Art Institute — Tuesday, February 18th @ 4:30 PM

112 S Michigan Ave | Room 919

University of Illinois at Chicago — Wednesday, February 5th @ 7 PM

Student Center East | Room 610


John D’Emilio — “Capitalism and gay identity” (1983)

Loyola University — Wednesday, February 26 @ 5:30 PM

Dumbach Hall | Room 238

School of the Art Institute — Tuesday, February 25

112 S Michigan Ave | Room 919

University of Illinois at Chicago — Wednesday, February 19th @ 7 PM

Student Center East Room 610


Theodor W. Adorno — “Sexual taboos and the law today” (1963)

Loyola University — Wednesday, March 12 @ 5:30 PM

Dumbach Hall | Room 238

School of the Art Institute — Tuesday, March 11th @ 4:30 PM

112 S Michigan Ave | Room 919

University of Illinois at Chicago — Wednesday, March 5th @ 7 PM

Student Center East Room 610


Clara Zetkin and Vladimir Lenin — “An interview on the woman question” (1920)

Loyola University — Wednesday,  March 26th @ 5:30 PM

Dumbach Hall | Room 238

School of the Art Institute — Tuesday, March 25th @ 4:30 PM

112 S Michigan Ave | Room 919

University of Illinois at Chicago — Wednesday, March 19th @ 7 PM

Student Center East Room 610

February 5 - March 26, Loyola University, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago