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Chris Hedges “Wages of Rebellion” Monday, March 9, 2015 7PM

$13 for community members/Free with SPSCC student ID Tickets are available online at or by calling (360)753-8586 or at the Washington Center or the Minnaert Center box offices.

Chris Hedges

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as “sublime madness” — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this “sublime madness.”Chris Hedges


Chris Hedges is a columnist for Truthdig. A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, he spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


BRICK Movie Mondays: “Pay 2 Play” January 26, 2015 26-101

Join BRICK for a screening of the documentary “Pay 2 Play” from director John Wellington Ennis, January 26, 2015 in building 26 room 101.

Driven to make the world a better place for his newborn daughter, John Ennis looks for ways out of our system of pay-to-play politics. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is a fun guidebook to returning the United States government to its People. PAY 2 PLAY features Robert Reich, Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Lessig, Jerry Springer, John Nichols, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Jack Abramoff, Thom Hartmann, Bob Edgar and more… – IMDB


Green Business With Fertile Ground: April 18, 2013


A spotlight on a local Olympia organization Fertile Ground. Come meet the Fertile Ground board members and learn what it takes to be a green business in a “grey world”.
Topics Include:

  • What it means to be a “green business.”
  • How to attract people into a space.
  • What do we mean by “The Commons”.
  • How do we form alliances.
  • What resources we can offer to the Community.
  • How this can be replicated in other neighborhoods and cities.

Many people know Fertile Ground as “That place behind the downtown Olympia Library with the chickens”.