ARCHIVE: Thinking Critically about Society Spring 2015 Series at CSUMB!

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

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 Spring we’re moving into our third year and ninth series of TCAS!

The following discussions are located at the Otter Cross Cultural Center inside of the Student Center at CSUMB.

Spring 2015

  • Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 – 6pm-7:30pm: Intersectionality

Facilitator: Michael Frederiksen (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.


The Combahee River Collective Statement

Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex, Kimberle Crenshaw

Race, Gender, and Work, Teresa Amott and Julie Matthaei

Dangerous Intersections, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

Refusing to Wait: Anarchism and Intersectionality, Deric Shannon and J. Rogue

  • Thursday, March 5th 2015 – 6pm-7:30pm: Pacificsm, Non-violence, and Resistance

Facilitator: Jeff Erwin (Librarian, poet)

This seminar explores the significance of pacifism, non-violence, and resistance. What does pacifism mean? Or non-violence? Are they the same, or do they differ? The abandonment or refusal to do violence can be itself a refusal to engage in a violent society or hierarchy of domination, but it can also be a sort of cop-out. We explore the thought and rhetoric behind these ideas, including Gandhi’s ahimsa and philosophical pacifism (including Tolstoy) and separatist religious anarchism, as well as critiques grounded in self-defense and revolutionary movements.



  • Wednesday, April 8th 2015 – 6pm-7:30pm: Race and Immigration

Facilitator: Michael Frederiksen (CSUMB Graduate)

Examine the ways in which structural and institutional racism interacts with the process of immigration, including the racialization of citizenship and the role of immigration in reinforcing racial identities and structures.


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

Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected

  • Wednesday, April 15th 2015 – 6pm-7:30pm: Orientalism

Facilitator: Dr. Sriya Sresthya (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

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.