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Use-Value and Exchange-Value … and Value

Andrew Kliman, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Pace University, is the author of Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (2006) and The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession (2011). His research on value theory, economic crisis theory, and other topics has appeared in numerous journals and book collections. He works with the Marxist-Humanist Initiative and is cohost (with Brendan Cooney) of Radio Free Humanity: The Marxist-Humanist Podcast, which appears biweekly.

Andrew Kliman, Pace University


Antisemitism in the Ancient Mediterranean? Early Christianity and Anti-Judaism

In fulfilling its mission to examine the whole history of Antisemitism, the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism hosts a panel discussion examining the philosophical and social origins of Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity.

Ben Dunning, Jörg Frey, Dale Martin Wayne Meeks, Hindy Najman


Michael Pollan ‘Raw’: A Conversation with Michael Pollan and Jack Hitt about cooking, eating, and writing

Michael Pollan, critically acclaimed author and journalist, sits down with writer Jack Hitt to discuss the former’s recent work and other topics related to food and cooking.

Michael Pollan


How the Mind Models the World: New Ideas from MRI Findings

Dr.Andrew Gerber, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, delivers a lecture on the use of MRI in the study of physchopathology and psychotherapy.

Andrew Gerber


The Psychobiology of Parenting and Attachment

Linda Mayes and Helena Rutherford, of the Child Study Center at Yale University, deliver a lecture on the mechanisms of influence between children and parents in the process of development,especially with regard to psychoanalysis.

Linda Mayes , Helena Rutherford


Combat Trauma and the Tragic Stage: Ancient Drama and Modern Catharsis

In addition to texts by the major Greek dramatists, Prof. Meineck considers non-dramatic works from the history and philosophy of the period, as well as the history of Athenian stagecraft, as part of a culture for which the scars of war were a factor of everyday life.Prof. Meineck is a Clinical Associate Professor of Classics at New York University as well as the founder and artist director of the Aquila Theatre Company, which brings Ancient and contemporary plays to the stage in a manner designed to appeal to the widest audience possible. He has translated works by Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus and others, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his translations and teaching.

Peter Meineck


Sappho, Lincoln, and the Senate: Picturing Nineteenth-Century Female Desire

Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek Literature and Culture and Fellow in Classics at King’s College, Cambridge, delivers a lecture on depictions of Sappho in the nineteenth century America, especially with regard to the female artist in the period.

Simon Goldhill


Carrying Off the Colosseum: British Architectural Encounters with Rome in the 1770s

Dr. Frank Salmon, Lecturer in the History of Art and Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge, delivers a lecture on the connections between the Classical architecture of antiquity and British architectural production in the eighteenth century.

Frank Salmon


The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined

Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, delivers a lecture on the phenomenon of statistic decline in violence throughout human history.

Steven Pinker


Romancing Spinoza

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, a novelist, biographer, and professor of philosophy, delivers the Franke Lecture in the Fall of 2012 on the influences of the philosopher Baruch Spinoza upon literature and the enlightenment. Goldstein challenges a cultural portrait of Spinoza as distant from aesthetic concerns, and meditates upon Spinoza’s imprint upon writers including Melville, Goethe, George Eliot, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Heine. Granted a prestigious “genius award” by the MacArthur Foundation, Goldstein is the author of several acclaimed philosophically-minded novels, has held multiple prestigious teaching appointments at universities including Columbia and Rutgers, and has written biographies of Kurt Godel and Spinoza.

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein