Debt: A lecture by David Graeber [Tues, Jan 24]

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re: Updated previous event post.
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UPDATED:

David Graeber is speaking twice in Portland on Jan 24th.

1st:

Tuesday, Jan 24. 4:30pm – 6pm.
Debt: A lecture by David Graeber
.

@ Reed College Chapel.
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR.

FREE EVENT, OPEN TO COMMUNITY.

2nd:

Tuesday, Jan 24. 7pm.
Debt: The First 5000 Years
.
A reading & signing with
David Graeber.

@ Alberta Rose Theater.
3000 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR.

$7.50 DOOR, or
$6 PRESALE @ READING FRENZY BOOKSTORE.

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Anonymous content. Jan 18, 2012:

Tuesday, January 24th from 4:30 to 6 pm David Graeber will be giving a lecture at the Reed College Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public.

David Graeber of the instigators behind Occupy Wall Street, a prominent anthropologist, author, anarchist and activist is giving a lecture at Reed sponsored by the Anthropology department! He will be speaking about his new book, Debt: The First 5000 Years.

In Debt, Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom on the history of debt. He shows that 5,000 years ago, during the beginning of the agrarian empires, humans used elaborate credit systems. It is in this era, Graeber shows, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

With the passage of time, however, virtual credit money was replaced by gold and silver coins — and the system as a whole began to decline. Interest rates spiked and the indebted became slaves. And the system perpetuated itself with tremendously violent consequences, with only the rare intervention of kings and churches keeping the system from spiraling out of control. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history — as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.

David Graeber teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People, and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. He has written for Harper’s, The Nation, Mute, and The New Left Review. He also has a history of social and political activism, including his role in organizing protests summits during the height of the globalization movement, membership in the labor union Industrial Workers of the World, and an early role in organizing in Occupy Wall Street.

– This event is organized by the Reed College Anthropology Department and is free and open to the public as well as all current members of the Reed Community-

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video:

PBS video: David Graeber on the History of Debt.

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