The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Each year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers nearly $315,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children's literature, translation, drama, and poetry.
On April 11, 2016, PEN honored the winners for its 2016 Literary Awards at a ceremony held at The New School in NYC. Winners included Toni Morrison, Mia Alvar, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lynn Nottage, and more.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White" with Kevin Merida, executive editor of The Undefeated at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a six-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His published works include "Mycroft Holmes," "Giant Steps," "Kareem," "Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy in African-American Achievement," "A Season on the Reservation: My Sojourn with the White Mountain Apaches," "Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes" and "On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance." Abdul-Jabbar's latest nonfiction book, "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White" , offers keen assessments and potential solutions while exploring the country's seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide-both racial and political-and his own experiences as an athlete, parent, African-American and Muslim.
Betsy Teutsch visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss her book, "100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women". The book provides a comprehensive look at effective, low-cost solutions for helping women in the Global South out of poverty.
Most books on this subject focus on one problem and one solution, but Teutsch shares one hundred successful, proven paths out of poverty in eleven different sectors―including tech, public health, law, and finance.
Betsy Teutsch is a blogger, columnist, community organizer and eco-activist in addition to her profession as a Judaica artist. She has also served as Communications Director of GreenMicrofinance, promoting affordable paths out of rural poverty.
Author Peter Frase in conversation with Alyssa Battistoni at Verso Books in Brooklyn, October 13, 2016.
Join Jacobin and Verso Books for the official launch of Jacobin Editor Peter Frase's Four Futures: Life After Capitalism.
One thing we can be certain of is that capitalism will end. Maybe not soon, but probably before too long; humanity has never before managed to craft an eternal social system, after all, and capitalism is a notably more precarious and volatile order than most of those that preceded it. The question, then, is what will come next?
In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism and extermininsm might actually entail.
Could the current rise of the real-life robocops usher in a world that resembles Ender's Game? And sure, communism will bring an end to material scarcities and inequalities of wealth—but there's no guarantee that social hierarchies, governed by an economy of "likes," wouldn't rise to take their place. A whirlwind tour through science fiction, social theory and the new technologies are already shaping our lives, Four Futures is a balance sheet of the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is successful, and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail.