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David Harvey speaking at the 10th Annual Ric Pfeffer Lecture

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Published on May 27, 2012

The Ric Pfeffer Lecture commemorates the life and work of Ric Pfeffer, a committed social justice activist and advocate who passed away in 2002. 2640 and Red Emma's have been honored to host several of the most recent Pfeffer lectures.

For this year's Lecture, which will commemorate the tenth anniversary of Ric's passing, David Harvey will be returning to Baltimore. David Harvey, who developed his ideas around the geography of anticapitalism to a large extent during his extended residence in Baltimore, gave the first Pfeffer memorial lecture in 2002, where he spoke about "The New Imperialism." David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics. In 1982, while professor at Johns Hopkins, he was one of the founders of the Progressive Action Center. In the same year he published The Limits to Capital. With the publication of this work and 14 more, Harvey developed a Marxian theoretical approach he calls "historical-geographical materialism." Harvey gave the first Pfeffer memorial lecture in 2002, where he spoke about "The New Imperialism." He is returning 10 years later for the culminating lecture of the series to discuss the dynamics of resistance against the dominance of finance capital as in the Occupy Wall Street Movement. His forthcoming book is Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution.




The Ric Pfeffer Lecture Fund was established in memory of Ric Pfeffer, former Johns Hopkins professor, attorney in the field of worker health and safety, activist in the peace and civil rights movements, and founding member of the Progressive Action Center. The Fund honors his legacy by providing support for radical and progressive lectures that analyze current conditions and promote activism.

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