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Twilight Lecture: Practicing Cooperation: Mutual Aid Beyond Capitalism
Start Date: 11/30/2021Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 11/30/2021End Time: 6:30 PM

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From the crises of racial inequity and capitalism that inspired the Black Lives Matter movement and the Green New Deal to the coronavirus pandemic, stories of mutual aid have shown that, though cooperation is variegated and ever-changing, it is also a form of economic solidarity that can help weather contemporary social and economic crises. Addressing this theme, Practicing Cooperation delivers a trenchant and timely argument that the way to a more just and equitable society lies in the widespread adoption of cooperative practices. But what renders cooperation ethical, effective, and sustainable? Providing a new conceptual framework for cooperation as a form of social practice, Practicing Cooperation describes and critiques three U.S.-based cooperatives. Through these case studies, Andrew Zitcer illuminates the range of activities that make contemporary cooperatives successful: dedicated practitioners, a commitment to inclusion, and ongoing critical reflection. He asserts that economic and social cooperation must be examined, critiqued, and implemented on multiple scales if it is to combat the pervasiveness of competitive individualism.

The Twilight Lecture Series, presented by the Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism at Drexel University, periodically brings to campus a notable voice from the region to talk about design initiatives and policies. The Twilight Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Due to Covid restrictions, in-person attendance of this event is limited to Drexel Students, Faculty, and Staff. Attendees outside of the Drexel Community, or those who wish to join remotely, are required to register for the Zoom Webinar.

Register for remote attendance here: https://drexel.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gjf2bHW4Tvmu-2Tfsizy-w
URBN Annex Screening Room, 3401 Filbert Street (for Drexel community)
Zoom Webinar (for non-Drexel and remote attendees)
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