November 10, 2021

David Wengrow in conversation with Stephanie Kelton, Silvia Federici, and Astra Taylor

A discussion of A New History of Humanity

NOTE: This hybrid event is full as of Friday, October 29. If you signed up after this time, you may attend via the Zoom/livestream. The link to attend will be emailed to you the day of the event.

On Wednesday, November 10, please join author and acclaimed archaeologist David Wengrow for a discussion with Stephanie Kelton and Silvia Federici, moderated by Astra Taylor. They’ll be discussing The Dawn of Everything: A New History, cowritten by Wengrow and the late David Graeber. The event is free and open the the public, and is co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library, Greenlight Bookstore, and n+1; RSVP via Brooklyn Public Library.

Wednesday, November 10
Brooklyn Public Library and via Zoom

David Wengrow is a professor of comparative archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and has been a visiting professor at New York University. He is the author of several books, including What Makes Civilization?. Wengrow conducts archaeological fieldwork in various parts of Africa and the Middle East.

David Graeber was a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years and Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, and was a contributor to Harper’s MagazineThe Guardian, and The Baffler. An iconic thinker and renowned activist, his early efforts in Zuccotti Park made Occupy Wall Street an era-defining movement. He died on September 2, 2020.

Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director of multiple documentaries including What Is Democracy? and the author of Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone and the American Book Award-winning The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. She is cofounder of the Debt Collective, a union for debtors, and contributed the foreword to the group’s book, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition. Her latest book is Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions.

Silvia Federici is a longtime feminist activist, scholar and teacher. In 1972 she was among the founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Campaign for Wages For Housework in the US and abroad. She has also been active in the anti-globalization movement and the anti-death penalty movement and was a founding member of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, which for more than ten years documented the struggle of African students against the austerity programs imposed by the IMF and the World Bank on African countries. She has taught in the US and in Nigeria and is Emerita Professor of Political Philosophy and International Studies at Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York). She is the author of many book and essays on political philosophy, feminist theory, political philosophy, cultural studies, and education.

Stephanie Kelton is a professor and leading authority on Modern Monetary Theory, a new approach to economics that is taking the world by storm. She is considered one of the most important voices influencing the policy debate today. Her New York Times bestseller, The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy, shows how to break free of the flawed thinking that has hamstrung policymakers around the world. In addition to her many academic publications, she has been a contributor at Bloomberg Opinion and has written for the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Reports, CNN, and many others. She served as chief economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (Democratic staff) in 2015 and as a senior economic adviser to Bernie Sanders’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis and a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Stony Brook University.