Thinking Critically about Society Summer 2015 Series!

The Direct Action Monterey Network and the Monterey Community Education Project work together to organize theThinking Critically about Society (TCAS) seminars, hosted by Old Capitol Books.

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

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.

Current Series (Summer 2015):

 Introducing Queer Theory
Friday 7th August 2015

Queer theory is a diverse field of studies that involves a lot of disparate ideas. It’s a rapidly expanding body of literature that seeks to answer a series of questions about what is normal, how normal comes to exist, and who is excluded or oppressed by those notions of norms. In bed.


 Reading Marx
Friday 14th August 2015

This session, led by Michael Frederiksen of the Peace and Justice Center, will discuss some of the key readings of Marxism in a friendly and accessible way.


  • The Communist Manifesto (Of course) by Marx and Engels. Click here for text.
  • “Socialism: Utopian & Scientific” by Engels. Click here for the text.
  • “From Servitude to Service Work: Historical Continuities in the Racial Division of Paid Productive Labor” by Evelyn Nakano Glenn. Click here for text.

Psychedelics & Society

Friday 21st August 2015

From religious experiences to government control of substances, this seminar will be an introduction to the ways that psychedelics have been used and how society limits use or proposes new use for psychedelics in the 21st century.


  • Alan Watts “Psychedelics and Religious Experience” 1968. Text HERE.
  • Aldous Huxley “The Doors of Perception” 1954. Text HERE.
  • Ben Sessa “Can psychedelics have a role in psychiatry once again?” 2005. Text HERE.

Intellectual Property & CopyLeft
Friday 28th August 2015

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