the southside group

Welcome to the southside group. We are a collection for George Mason faculty and students committed to an open-ended and eclectic discussion on questions of political economy.

southside topics and dates

October 2, 2018

Introducing the Southside Group with Matt Scherer
12:00–1:15 Blackwater Room, Southside Dining Hall

October 16, 2018

“Criminal Justice and Race” with Shannon Fyfe
12:00–1:15 Blackwater Room, Southside Dining Hall

// recommended read or listen: Fresh Air with James Forman, Jr.

// From James Forman, Jr. Locking up our Own

Introduction

Part I Origins

1 Gateway to the War on Drugs: Marijuana, 1975

2 Black Lives Matter: Gun Control, 1975

3 Representatives of Their Race: The Rise of African American Police, 1948-78

Part II Consequences

4 “Locking Up Thugs Is Not Vindictive”: Sentencing, 1981-82

5 “The Worst Thing to Hit Us Since Slavery”: Crack and the Advent of Warrior Policing, 1988-92

6 What Would Martin Luther King, Jr., Say?: Stop and Search, 1995

Epilogue: The Reach of Our Mercy, 2014-16

October 30, 2018

“Can American Capitalism Survive?” with Steve Pearlstein
12:00–1:15 Blackwater Room, Southside Dining Hall

// recommended reading: Can American Capitalism Survive?, Chapter Three Is Equality of Opportunity Possible or Even Desirable?

November 13, 2018

“The Paris Climate Agreement After Trump” with Andrew Light
12:00–1:15 Blackwater Room, Southside Dining Hall

// recommended read: one  two

November 27, 2018

TBA
12:00–1:15 Blackwater Room, Southside Dining Hall

 

About

The southside group is a biweekly lunch group composed of George Mason faculty and students. We are open to anyone interested in participating in an eclectic and serious discussion of contemporary problems under the broad rubric of political economy.

Contact

Matt Scherer, Steve Pearlstein, and Bassam Haddad are the principal organizers of the southside group. Our emails are on our respective George Mason faculty pages.