The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet
Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. at The Strand, 828 Broadway
When 26-year-old computer prodigy Aaron Swartz committed suicide in 2013, the tech community was shocked. A founding developer of Reddit and the Creative Commons, Swartz was an important figure for those who supported open information online over an increasingly atomized and commercial internet model. In the aftermath of his death, Slate’s Justin Peters traces the history of the Internet free culture movement and examines Swartz’s legacy as a “data moralist.”
Urban Omnibus presents As Seen On [ ]
Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenlight Books, 686 Fulton street
For many of us, city life is more than just a backdrop to our frantic daily pursuits: it’s a a stage. Urban Omnibus asked writers to reflect on this for their annual essay competition to “explore the changing relationship between performance, audience, and the physical city through narrative, theory, history, or humor.” In a celebration true to theme, the winning pieces will be “performed” by the theater company The Associates.
The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary
Friday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street
Ann Snitow has been on the front lines of feminist activism and thought for four decades, constantly seeking to come to terms with feminism’s contradictions and utopian hopes. Her latest collection dips into a medley of genres, dealing with sexuality, motherhood, international activism and critiques of feminist thought.
Silvia Federici presents Our Mother Ocean and Family, Welfare and the State
Sat., January 16 at 7 p.m. at Mayday Space, 176 St. Nicholas Avenue
Get your weekend revved up with a double whammy of global social movements and feminist politics at this dual book launch of Mariarosa Dalla Costa’s latest reads, translated to English by Silvia Federici. Our Mother, Our Ocean, recounts the history of the global fisherman’s movement, presenting it as a struggle for dignity against the forces of neoliberal globalization. Meanwhile, Family, Welfare, and the State delves into the Great Depression, analyzing the New Deal’s impact on female labor and its role is shoring up the patriarchal and racist order.