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Thursday
10
MAY

Marx Matters: Karl Marx at 200

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20:30

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Opening Statement by Jale Yoldas (Goethe Institut San Francisco) with guest appearances by Alan Black, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Richard Walker.

Karl Marx would have celebrated his 200th birthday in 2018. His criticism of capitalism appears even more pertinent today amidst climate crisis, chronic unemployment, and global inequality. A reason to look back and re-read, Marx's idea that tools and the mode of production of a society determine its political and social structure, and that human thought is formed by the use of tools and moral positions by interests – insights which Marx and Engels encapsulated in the concept of "historical materialism" – have found their way into many individual sciences, into sociology, educational theory, psychology, the study of religion, law, literary theory, engineering and the cognitive sciences, to name only a few.