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steve lambert, does capitalism work for me, amc empire 25Does Capitalism Work? Steve Lambert in Conversation with Professor Richard Wolff and Dr. Harriet Fraad. October 2, 2013, AMC Empire 25. Photograph by Simon Dove at FIAF.

Does Capitalism Work? Steve Lambert in Conversation with Professor Richard Wolff and Dr. Harriet Fraad

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street

American artist Steve Lambert continues his examination of the impact of capitalism on American society in a unique dialogue with economics theorist and author Richard D. Wolff and psychologist Harriet Fraad, whose penetrating insights into this complex question are lucid, accessible and revelatory.

Presented in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and A Blade of Grass as part of FIAF's 2013 Crossing the Line festival.

The talk in its entirety can be viewed in this video, produced by A Blade of Grass.


About the Artist:
Steve Lambert's father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued the values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others - qualities which prepared him for life as an artist.  Lambert made international news after the 2008 U.S. election with The New York Times "Special Edition," a replica announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news.  He is the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done).

Steve's projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, and others. Lambert's work has been featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum and The Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and has been reported on internationally in outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times, and the Guardian.  He was a Senior Fellow at New York's Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010 and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. Steve is a perpetual autodidact with (if it matters) advanced degrees from a reputable art school and respected state university. He dropped out of high school in 1993.  For more details about the artist, please visit http://visitsteve.com.

About the Panelists:

Richard D. Wolff 
is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008.  He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City.  He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.  Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973).  In 1994, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne).

His economic theories are elaborated in several books co-authored with Stephen Resnick as well as in numerous articles by them separately and together.  Professor Wolff was also among the founders in 1988 of the new academic association, Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA), and its quarterly journal Rethinking Marxism.  His work is available at www.rdwolff.com and democracyatwork.info.

Harriet Fraad is a psychotherapist-hypnotherapist in practice in New York City.  She has been the president of the Psychohistory Association.  She is a founding member of the feminist movement, and the journal Rethinking Marxism.  For forty years, she has been committed to transforming U.S. personal and political life.  She is a joint author of the book Class Struggle on the Home Front (Palgrave, 2010).  She also lectures and publishes widely on the social causes and consequences of psychological problems.  Dr. Fraad's work deals with the interface between economy and psychology.  With her husband, Richard Wolff, she coproduces the blog Economy and Psychology.

About the Partners:

Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)'s annual fall festival, presenting interdisciplinary works and performances in New York. The festival explores the dialogue between artist and public, and examines how artists help re-imagine the world as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. Crossing the Line is initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading cultural institutions. The festival's seventh edition takes place this year from September 19-October 13, 2013. For details, please visit fiaf.org/ctl.

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French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. For more information, please visit fiaf.org.

A Blade of Grass
A Blade of Grass nurtures socially engaged art. We provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. We evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. www.abladeofgrass.org