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7:00 PM19:00

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Kristen Ghodsee & Sarah Jaffe will discuss why capitalism is bad for women and how, when done right, socialism leads to economic independence, better labor conditions, better work-life balance and, yes, even better sex.

Sarah Jaffe is the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, which Robin D.G. Kelley called “The most compelling social and political portrait of our age.” She is a Nation Institute reporting fellow and an independent journalist covering labor, economic justice, social movements, politics, gender, and pop culture. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Nation, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She is the co-host, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast, as well as a columnist at The New Republic and New Labor Forum.

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Brooklyn Book Festival
12:00 PM12:00

Brooklyn Book Festival

Panel: How DO We Change the World?

Offsite (Brooklyn Book Festival):
Sunday, September 16, 10:00 AM
Offsite Event: Brooklyn Book Festival
Panel Discussion: How Do We Change the World?
Featuring Anand Giridharadas, Eric Klinenberg, Kristen Ghodsee, and Blair Imani

Greenlight is honored to partner with the Brooklyn Book Festival in presenting a special panel discussion as part of the day of literary events in and around Brooklyn Borough Hall. In a global moment that seems both precarious and ripe with potential for enormous change, thinkers from a variety of fields illuminate emerging trends – both positive and negative – in activism, economics, and public life. Journalist Anand Giridharadas (Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World) looks at how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. Sociologist Eric Klinenberg (Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life) reveals the role that shared public spaces -- libraries, parks, bookstores, churches, etc. -- can play in creating communities and ultimately rebuilding democracy. Gender and communism scholar Kristen Ghodsee, (Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence) officers a witty and deeply researched exploration of alternatives for economic independence and better labor conditions. And activist Blair Imani (Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History) collects the stories of 70 women, girls, and gender nonbinary people who have changed – and are still changing – the world. 

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