The Left is Dead! — Long Live the Left! Introducing Platypus at SVA

Alexander Rodchenko, Lilya Brik, 1926
Alexander Rodchenko, Lilya Brik, 1926

Here’s an announcement and invitation from VCS Chair Assistant Bret Schneider about a recently launched Platypus Affiliated Society reading group at SVA:

The Platypus Affiliated Society organizes reading groupspublic foraresearch and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the “Old Left” (1920s-30s), “New Left” (1960s-70s) and post-political Left (1980s-90s) for the possibilities of emancipatory politics today. Started in 2006 with student groups at the University of Chicago and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (indeed, within their VCS dept!), Platypus has rapidly grown to be an international student organization, with chapters in Frankfurt, Germany; Thessaloniki, Greece; London; Halifax, Canada; and many more, constantly engaging with current political thinkers, such as Slavoj Zizek, Noam Chomsky, Moishe Postone, Paul Mattick, Hal Foster, David Graeber, and so on and so on.

platypuslogoWe are now in New York City, and are happy to report that we began our Primary Marxist Reading group this past Sunday at SVA. The reading group poses the questions What is the Left? and What is Marxism? through a comprehensive curriculum beginning with Rousseau and radical Bourgeois philosophy, traversing Marx and Marxism, revolutionary Marxism in the early 20th century, and ends with the Frankfurt School and it’s troubled aftermath. The readings cover topics such as ‘gender and sexuality in the New Left,’ ‘utopia & critique,’ ‘revolution in 1848,’ ‘ends of philosophy,’ and many more. Anyone interested in the self-criticism, self-education, and, ultimately, the practical reconstitution of a Marxian Left is encouraged to participate.

The reading group is open to everyone, and takes place in the VCS dept. on Sundays, 2-5pm, room 402C. For the full reading list and links to readings, visit newyork.platypus1917.org

Hope to see you there,

Bret

For more information about the Summer/Fall 2013 Platypus Primary Marxist Reading Group at SVA, check out this page on Platypus in NYC website. You can also download a PDF poster containing the complete schedule of dates, topics, and readings for the current reading series at this link.

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Society member Marco Torres with copies of The Platypus Review at the second annual Platypus International Convention, held in 2010 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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An image from “What future for our youth?” a Platypus Society dialogue between Cornel West and Carl Dix at the University of Chicago in May, 2012.
An image from “What future for our youth?”, a Platypus Society dialogue between Cornel West and Carl Dix at the University of Chicago in May, 2012.

 

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