• September 26-28, 2017
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • CIIS Desai | Matta Gallery
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 09/26/2017 7:00 pm 09/28/2017 9:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Michael Albert Visiting Scholar Lecture Series Michael Albert, celebrated leftist author and one of the main theorists of participatory economics, will discuss past, present and to future of radical left politics. The talks will also include his experience working with Students for Democratic Society, South End press, Z Magazine, Znet., Z Media Institute, and many other collectives he has participated in over the years. CIIS Desai | Matta Gallery
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
CIIS Anthropology & Social Change Department scarr@ciis.edu false MM/DD/YYYY

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Revolutions: Past, Present, and the Future

"Revolutions Past Present and Future" Written on a Red Background

Join the Anthropology and Social Change program and visiting scholar Michael Albert for three nights of lectures featuring topics from his latest book, Political Utopia (2017, PM Press). 

Practical Utopia Book Cover

Practical Utopia, by Michael Albert
(PM Press, 2017)

Practical Utopia is a succinct and thoughtful discussion of ambitious goals and practical principles for creating a desirable society. It presents concepts and their connections to current society; visions of what can be in a preferred, participatory future; and an examination of the ends and means required for developing a just society. Neither shying away from the complexity of human issues, nor reeking of dogmatism, Practical Utopia presupposes only concern for humanity.

  • Part one offers conceptual tools for understanding society and history, for discerning the nature of the oppressions people suffer and the potentials they harbor.
  • Part two promotes a vision for a better way of organizing economy, polity, kinship, culture, ecology, and international relations. It is not a blueprint, of course, but does address the key institutions needed if people are to be free to determine their own circumstances.
  • Part three investigates the means of seeking change using a variety of tactics and programs.

Each lecture will take place in the CIIS Desai Matta Lobby Gallery each night. 


Michael Albert is an organizer, publisher, teacher, and author of over twenty books and hundreds of articles. He co-founded South End Press, Z Magazine, the Z Media Institute, ZNet, and various other projects, and works full time for Z Communications. He is the author, with Robin Hahnel, of the economic vision named Participatory Economics.

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