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Current International Reading Groups

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Active groups info by city:

United States

University of Texas
Sundays 7:00 p.m.
SAC 3.116 Balcony Room C
2201 Speedway
(Updated 01/01/19)


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School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.
37 S Wabash Ave.
(Updated 4/27/19)

University of Chicago (UChicago)
Saturdays 11:00 a.m.
Regenstein Room 403
1100 E 57th St.
(Updated 01/01/19)

Northwestern University
Thursdays 6:30 p.m.
University Room 218
1897 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL
(Updated 04/27/19)


University of Cincinnati
Sundays 4:00 p.m.
Sidewinder Coffee
4181 Hamilton Ave.
(Updated 01/01/19)


TBA Summer 2019
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Oregon State University
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.
Valley Library Room 1822
201 SW Waldo Pl.
(Updated 01/01/19)


George Mason University
Wednesdays 4:00 p.m.
Johnson Center 420C
(Updated 01/01/19)


University of Houston
Sundays 1:00 p.m.
MD Anderson Library 300g
4333 University Dr.
(Updated 01/01/19)


University of Tennessee
Wednesdays 4:30 p.m.
HSS Room 103A
1115 Volunteer Blvd.
(Updated 01/01/19)

Los Angeles

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Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts
271 Granite St
(Updated 01/01/19)

New Haven

Yale University
Sundays 5:00 p.m.
Bass Library L30C
(Updated 01/01/19)

New York

Columbia University
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.
Kent Hall 522a
(Updated 01/01/19)

New York University
Wednesdays 19:00 ET
Kimmel Center Commuter Lounge
(Updated 01/01/19)


University of Pennsylvania
Mondays 6:00 p.m.
Van Pelt Library
3420 Walnut St.
(Updated 01/01/19)

Santa Cruz

University of California
Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.
Cowell 134
1156 High St.
(Updated 01/01/19)


King's College
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Aarhus Universitet
Tirsdage 7:00 p.m.
Nobel Parken 1463 - 119
(Updated 01/01/19)


Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο
Πέμπτη 18:00 UTC+02
Νέο Κτίριο, Αίθουσα Β4 (2ος όροφος)
(Updated 08/01/18)


Freie University
Dienstags 6:30 p.m.
FU Campus, Room JK25/130
(Updated 01/01/19)


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Goethe University
Mittwochs 6:00 p.m.
Campus Westend PEG 1 G 092
(Updated 01/01/19)


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University of Leipzig
Montags 7:00 p.m.
Karl Liebknecht-Haus
Braustraße 15, 04107
(Updated 4/1/19)


Goldsmiths University
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.
Stuart Hall Room 332
80 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW
(Updated 1/1/19)

London School of Economics
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.
Language Centre Room KSW1.01
20 Kingsway, London WC2A 2AE
(Updated 1/1/19)


University of Manchester
Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Samuel Alexander Building A114
Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PP
(Updated 1/1/19)


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University of Sheffield
Tuesdays 5:00 p.m.
Students Union, View Rooms, Level 4
(Updated 01/01/19)


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Universität Wien
Montags 18:30 UTC+02
STV Politikwissenschaft KomZ (Kommunikationszentrum)
NIG (Neues Institutsgebäude)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien
(Aktualisierte 01/01/19)


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Primary Marxist Reading GroupIntroduction to the history of the Left and Marxism (32-40 weeks, including 3-4 weeks of breaks)

I. What is the "Left?" -- What is "Marxism?"
The historical roots of the Left and Marxism in the bourgeois revolution of the 17th-18th centuries and its 19th century crisis in capitalism are addressed through readings from Karl Marx and the background in radical bourgeois philosophy of Rousseau, Kant, and Hegel. 20th century attempts to recover Marx and Marxism's political consciousness by the Frankfurt School and in the 1960s-70s "New Left" frame the problem of consciousness of the Left in the mid-late 20th century leading to the present, through writings by Juliet Mitchell, Adolph Reed, Moishe Postone, and the Spartacist League/U.S., among others, and Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Georg Lukacs, Karl Korsch, and Leszek Kolakowski.

II. Introduction to revolutionary Marxism
Through reading key texts from the high period of the history of Marxism in the 2nd International and its crisis in the early 20th century, the problem of consciousness of this history and its potential political implications in the present are addressed. Readings include Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotsky, the philosophical reflections on Marxism by Lukacs and Korsch, and their ramifications in the Frankfurt School Critical Theory of Walter Benjamin, Horkheimer, and Adorno.

Short course in Platypus, History of the Left and Marxism

- Platypus introduction to the history of Marxism readings
A series of 10 sessions introducing Platypus’s approach to the history of Marxism, including readings on Luxemburg, Lenin and Trotsky.

- Introduction to Platypus readings
10 sessions of readings introducing the raison d’être of the Platypus project, including published transcripts of our public forum activities.

Summer Reading Group

Every summer, Platypus holds a special summer session of our reading group internationally.