ARCHIVE: Thinking Critically About Society Series this Fall at CSU Monterey Bay

The Direct Action Monterey Network and the Monterey Community Education Project are working together with the Otter Cross Cultural Center at CSUMB to organize theThinking Critically about Society (TCAS) seminars.

In the past, the TCAS seminars have included led discussion groups around readings addressing Social Perceptions of Disability, Polyamory, Anarchism, Prisons & Incarceration, Alternative Sexualities, Understanding Fascism, and Revolutionizing Education (just to name a few).  This fall we’re moving into our second year and seventh series of TCAS and it’s a great hit!

Fall 2014

  • October 20th 2014 – 7pm-8pm: Intersectionality

Facilitator: Brian Sheffield (CSUMB Graduate Student)

This seminar introduces students to the concept of intersectionality, the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination.

  • October 27th 2014 – 7pm-8pm: Orientalism

Facilitator: Dr. Stephanie Spoto (CSUMB Lecturer, Humanities & Communication)

Through an analysis of Edward Said’s important work, Orientalism, this seminar explores the concept of the “exotic other” throughout Anglo-European history, and then looks at emerging studies of “New Orientalism” or how the West engaged with the East after 9/11.


Introduction to Orientialism by Edward Said

  • November 3rd 2014 – 7pm-8pm: Race and Immigration

Facilitator: Michael Frederiksen (CSUMB Graduate; Manager of the Peace Resource Center)

Participants will examine the ways in which rhetoric addressing race and national identity collides with arguments surrounding immigration.


Crossing the immigration and race border: A critical racetheory approach to immigration studies

Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected

  • November 10th 2014 – 7pm-8pm: Ferguson & Salinas: Criminalizing Black & Brown Bodies

Facilitator: Dr. Stephanie Spoto (CSUMB Lecturer, Humanities & Communication)

By looking at instances of police and law enforcement’s violence in the cases of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, this seminar broaches the theory of racial stratification and its effects closer to home in Salinas.


“Race and Criminalization” by Angela Davis

“Police and Counterinsurgency in Salinas” by Bradley Allen

These series of seminar sessions have been put together to encourage the exchange of ideas, experiences, and knowledge surrounding a particular topic or theme. We want to create a place where people can meet with other people from Monterey Bay communities to talk about current events and discuss new philosophies and ways of thinking critically about society. Though these seminars have been designed for non-students, and for those of us who have had little or no college experience, everyone is invited to participate. We believe that everyone can have something to offer to the seminars as we move through current debates in politics and different political and social theories.

For more information, e-mail centralcoastdirectaction at gmail dot come

Or contact the Cross Cultural Center.