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The Legacy of 1968: Global to Local with Activist-scholars

Anselm Jappe was born in Bonn in 1962. He is an independent scholar currently teaching art history and political and economic theory at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris and at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Sassari in Sardinia. He is the author of several works of critical theory. A collection of his essays translated by Alastair Hemmens is The Writing on the Wall: On the Decomposition of Capitalism and Its Critics. He is author of the first and best intellectual biography, Guy Debord (PM Press, 2018).

Born in Manchester, England, Donald Nicholson-Smith is a longtime resident of New York City. A sometime Situationist (1965-67), he has translated Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle (Zone) and Henri Lefebvre's The Production of Space (Blackwell), as well as works by Guillaume Apollinaire, Antonin Artaud, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Thierry Jonquet, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, etc. His film work includes the English-language version of René Viénet's anti-Maoist classic Peking Duck Soup (1977). His newest translated works include Jappe's Guy Debord, and Vaneigem's Letters to My Children and the Children of the World to Come and The Revolution of Everyday Life.

Mat Callahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco, where he founded Komotion International. He is the author of three books, Sex, Death & the Angry Young Man, Testimony, and The Trouble with Music, editor of Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook, and The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975. He currently resides in Bern, Switzerland.

George Katsiaficas lives in Gwangju, South Korea, and in Ocean Beach, California. A student of Herbert Marcuse, he is the author of The Subversion of Politics (AK Press) and the two-volume Asia's Unknown Uprisings (PM Press). Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he coedited Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party (Routledge). His newest work is the updated edition of The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution (PM Press, 2018).

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley