Friday April 01
At the ALANA Cultural Center at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and on Zoom
12:15pm-1:15pm Beyond Climate Justice: Why the Environmentalism of the Rich has Failed Us, and How We Can Reinvent a Vision of Planetary Justice with Jason W. Moore.
part of the Art & Art History / Arts and Humanities Lecture series
On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King, jr., came out publicly against the Vietnam War. The speech was entitled “Beyond Vietnam.” Beyond, in that title, meant everything. King not only broke with the liberal establishment – which viewed the War as separate from racism and an abberation of American foreign policy. He elaborated a radical critique that linked racism and exploitation at home and abroad. The problem with the War, in other words, went well beyond the War. Over the next year, King began to elaborate a vision of an American socialism animated by a searing indictment of capitalism’s “triple evils” (racism, militarism, and class exploitation) and grounded in a triple alliance: the antiwar, civil rights, and labor movements. In this talk, environmental historian Jason W. Moore reevaluates a half-century of the Environmentalism of the Rich – first emerging after 1968 – in the aftermath of King’s radical turn, and the missed opportunity for a program of planetary justice. As King underscored in his final months, justice cannot be effectively pursued piece by piece. The “whole society” with and within the web of life must be reinvented as if “all life [were] interrelated”—as if we were “all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.”
Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (University of California Press, 2017). His books and essays on environmental history, capitalism, and social theory have been widely recognized, including the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2003), the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (American Sociological Association, 2002 for articles, and 2015 for Web of Life), and the Byres and Bernstein Prize in Agrarian Change (2011). He coordinates the World-Ecology Research Network.
Jason W. Moore’s visit is supported by the Environmental Studies program, the Geography department, and Core Challenges of Modernity at Colgate University
Leland Reserve, meet at Trailhead
3:30-5:00: Tree Walk with DEC Forester Greg Owens and Artist Margaretha Haughwout (in person)
Join us for an early spring tree walk and learn what wild trees can be grafted to transform your woods into a neighborhood food forest