Empire in Crisis Teach-In Syllabus

On Thursday and Friday, October 22nd and 23rd, scholars and activists will gather for Empire in Crisis, a two-day teach-in and symposium dedicated exploring the scope, function, and possible futures of U.S. imperialism. During the teach-in portion of the event, BISR faculty will teach from specific textsprimary sources, journalistic articles, and scholarly and theoretical texts—all of which are listed below. To receive access to the readings, please RSVP here.

Learning Session 1: Empire, Pandemic, and Crisis | 12-2pm | Instructors: Suzanne Schneider, Anthony Alessandrini
1. Is America’s Military Big Enough? – New York Times
2. This Map Shows Where in the World the U.S. Military is Combatting Terrorism – Smithsonian Magazine
3. Dismantling the Cold War Economy – Ann Markusen
4. Military-enlisted Students are Getting Called Up for Riot Control – Rachel Ida Buff
5. Prisons and Class Warfare: an Interview with Ruth Wilson Gilmore – Verso

Learning Session 2: Colonialism and Social Control: the Boomerang Effect | 2-4pm | Adam Elliott-Cooper, Ajay Singh Chaudhary
1. The Virus is the Police – James Trafford
2. Defeating Communist Insurgency – Robert Thompson (pgs 50-56)
3. Badges without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing – Stuart Schrader (pgs 1-25)
4. Critique of Black Reason – Achille Mbembe (pgs 2-6)
5. The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon (pgs 57-60)
6. Black Skin White Masks – Frantz Fanon (pgs 69-72)

Learning Session 1: Empire and Capital: Policing Global Production | 12-2pm | Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Lygia Sabbag Fares
1. The Dollar and Empire – Herman Mark Schwartz
2. Empire of Capital – Ellen Meiksins Wood (pgs 143-144, 151-156, 164-168)
3. Political Aspects of Full Employment – Michael Kalecki
4. National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security

Learning Session 2: Interrogating “Endless War”: Violence and Great Power Politics | 2-4pm | Suzanne Schneider, Nara Roberta Silva
1. Nasty, Brutish, and Long: America’s War on Terror – Brookings Institute
2. Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People – George W. Bush
3. H.J. Resolution Signing Statement – George W. Bush
4. H.J. Resolution 114: Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq
5. Remarks by the President at the National Defense University – Barack Obama
6. Who’s Spent More on War? Bush, Obama, or Trump? – The Balance
7. This Map Shows Where in the World the U.S. Military is Combatting Terrorism – Smithsonian Magazine
8. National Defense Strategy Summary
9. NRA Video

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