Creative Activism Thursdays

Creative Activism Thursdays: The Revolution Will Be Debated

Revolutionaries Live! (aka Creative Activism Thursdays) is co-sponsored by NYU Dean for Social Sciencethe Hemispheric Institutethe Yes Lab, the Humanities Initiative at NYU Working Research Group on Artistic ActivismCAA, and Not an Alternative. Speakers also attend followingYes Lab Friday.

Come meet the revolutionaries who have changed or are currently changing the world, and those who study them. We’ll be meeting every Thursday for a series of lectures, workshops, and other events focused on the potential for societal change, and what we can do to bring it about through creative tactics and strategies.

All lectures are at 7pm at 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor, unless otherwise noted. 

February 23 | What is Revolution? Richard Schechner, Yotam Marom, Nellini Stamp, and Richard Kim

This will be at 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor (rather than 5th floor).
What is revolution? Is OWS a revolution? Must we get involved in electoral politics? Must we not? Stay tuned for definitive answers!

March 22 | Matt Smucker

Matt Smucker is a grassroots organizer, trainer, strategist, and writer.  He is the director of Beyond the Choir, an online space for sharing practical strategies, tactics and tools with activists. He will discuss humor, revolution, and the Occupy movement.

April 5 | David Graeber

David Graeber is an eminent anthropologist and anarchist who has been politically active for a long time, and active in the Occupy movement since its proto-beginnings in June 2011; he has called Occupy “the opening salvo in a wave of negotiations over the dissolution of the American Empire.” His most recent book is Debt: The First Five Thousand Years. David teaches at Goldsmiths College, London. He will discuss culture as creative refusal—how what we think of as primordial “cultures,” historically, can just as easily be conceived as social movements which were to some degree successful in achieving their aims.

April 12 | Religion and Revolution: Michael Ellick and others

Stay tuned!

April 19 | Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He has collaborated with groups from the Yes Men to the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done).  He is on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Steve will discuss making engaging, funny, relevant art and how it can help effect change.