Historian Ray Raphael explores the radical 16 months between the Boston Tea Party and the first shots of the American revolution, when rural Massachusetts colonists self-organized to practice small scale direct democracy and large scale civil disobedience against imperial government, and explains why the story of a nonviolent, leaderless movement has been written out of American mythology.
Ray is co-author (along with Marie Raphael) of the book The Spirit of 74: How the American Revolution Began from the New Press.
Filmmaker Leslee Udwin connects the rape of Jyoti Singh - and rapes across India (and the US) - to a system of global patriarchy that devalues women and breeds violence, then explains why preventing rape and violence must start with a moral education for children, and how speaking with Jyoti's rapists caused her to feel pity for them, and anger towards the society that programmed them.
Leslee is the director of the documentary India's Daughter. She'll be screening and talking about the film on Wednesday night at the Siskel Film Center.