David Graeber @ Alberta Rose Theater, 7pm tonight. (no one turned away for lack of funds)

David Graeber @ Reed College today, 4:30 pm FREE and @ Alberta Rose Theater today, 7pm for $7 admission, but no one turned away for lack of funding says Reading Frenzy. – Grey Coast

### Reading Frenzy. Jan 24, 2012: ###

Reading Frenzy Presents
DAVID GRAEBER, author of
DEBT: THE FIRST 5000 YEARS
Reading, Signing, and Q&A
Alberta Rose Theatre ~ 3000 NE Alberta
Tuesday, January 24th, doors at 7pm
Admission $7.50 at door (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

 

David Graeber

Email text from Reading Frenzy:

Reading Frenzy is thrilled to present one of the instigators behind Occupy Wall Street, anthropologist, author, anarchist and activist, David Graeber at Alberta Rose Theater! Tickets are available in person at Reading Frenzy for $6 (before 5pm today) or online through Alberta Rose Theater for $7.50 (including ticketing fee).

In Debt: The First 5000 Years, anthropologist David 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 5,00 0 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.

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