Check out this list of upcoming KPFA benefit events (and important co-sponsored events) – we’ll see you there! Advance tickets are usually available via brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006 or Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times.
We can thank Ralph Nader for nearly every environmental or consumer regulation from the 1960’s to the present. Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for nearly five decades.
Now 80, Ralph Nader has written a new book with the triumphant title “Unstoppable,The Emerging Left Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” The timingcouldn’t be better: we are at a critically pivotal moment in our history. Americans aremore disillusioned with their political leaders and major parties than ever before.Collective mistrust of the big corporations is rampant across the country. Ralph Nader provides a blueprint for citizens to fight successfully against the corporate state and its crony capitalism. He contends that a strong and bold Left-Right alliance is exactly what is needed to provide us with safe food and clean water, much cleaner air, control of our tax monies and investor rights, fair wages, increased funding of public schools and public spaces, ceasing being a military empire, and more.
“Ralph Nader’s timely book once again makes him prescient in his insights about American politics. His against-the-grain prediction…is not just a hope, but is grounded in emerging evidence.” – Cornel West
Ralph Nader is an author, lecturer, attorney and political activist.
Harry Kreisler, formerly Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is the creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History. Conceived in 1982 as a way to capture and preserve through conversation and technology the intellectual ferment of our times, Conversations with History now includes over 500 interviews.
Sept 18, 7:30 pm
“The Human Age”
A beguiling engagement with the earth-shaking changes now affecting every part of our lives.
St. John’s Church 2727 College Ave, Berkeley
Host: Vijaya Nagarajan, PhD
“Our relationship with nature has changed…radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.”
– Diane Ackerman
“Diane Ackerman’s vivid writing, inexhaustible stock of insights, and
unquenchable optimism have established her as a national treasure and as one of our greatest authors…If you haven’t read her previous books, you’re now about to become addicted to Diane Ackerman.”
- Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it. In thislandmark book, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have “subdued 75% of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us.
Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. She is the author of The Zookeeper’s Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, An Alchemy of Mind, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, Dawn Light, and One Hundred Names for Love, among many other exceptional books.
Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her scholarship has centered on the Kolam, a women’s ritual art in southern India. She is currently working on a new book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Art in southern India—The Kolam (Oxford University Press). Her other research projects include: On the Languages of the Commons; Tree Temples, Mangroves and Temple Forests. She has been active in the American Academy of Religion and in the environmental movement in India and the United States, and she has been co-director of the Study of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Recovery of the Commons Project.
KPFA Radio, Bay Native Circle, International Indian Treaty Council, and Intertribal Friendship House present a talk with book sale and book signing:
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
“Indigenous Peoples’ History of the U.S.”
At last! Does for Native Americans what Howard Zinn did for the working class.
Host: Lakota Harden
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA
In this riveting book, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz decolonizes American history and strips us of our forged innocence, shocks us into new awarenesses, and draws a straight line from the sins of our fathers —settler-colonialism, the doctrine of discovery, the myth of manifest destiny, white supremacy, theft and systematic killing—to the contemporary condition of permanent war, invasion and occupation,
mass incarceration, and the constant use and threat of state violence. Best of all, she points a way beyond amnesia, paralyzing guilt, or helplessness toward discovering our deepest humanity in a project of truth-telling and repair. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States will forever change the way we read history and understand our own responsibility to it.”
— Bill Ayers
“Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is afiercely honest, unwavering, and unprecedented statement, one which has never been attempted by any other historian or intellectual. The presentation of facts andarguments is clear and direct, unadorned by needless and pointless rhetoric, and there is an organic feel of intellectual solidity that provides weight and trust. It istruly an Indigenous peoples’ voice that gives Dunbar-Ortiz’s book direction, purpose, andtrustworthy intention. Without doubt, this crucially important book is required reading for everyone in the Americas!”
— Simon J. Ortiz, Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University
“An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States provides an essential historicalreference for all Americans…it serves as an indispensable text for students of allages… The American Indians’ perspective has been absent from colonial histories for too long, leaving continued misunderstandings of our struggles for sovereignty and human rights.”
— Peterson Zah, former President of the Navajo Nation
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a farmer and half-Indian mother. Active in the American Indian Movement for more than four decades,She is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After earning her PhD in history at U.C.L.A., she taught in the Native American Studies Program at California State University and helped found the departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book, The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conferinece on Indians in the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Genea. She is the author or editor of seven books, including Outlaw Woman, a Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975, and Blood on the Border: Memoir of the Contra War.
Lakota Harden - orator, community organizer, activist, radio host and poet, daughter of seven generations of Lakota leaders – is currently a host on the weekly radio program Bay Native Circle on Pacifica radio station KPFA. The program features interviews, current events and perspectives of the Native American community.
Inside Syria: the Backstory of their Civil War and What the World Can Expect
St. John’s Presbyterian, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley
Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Coming: Molly Antopol with The UnAmericans, Cornel West, others