Past Events

Caroline Heldman (Occidental College): "From the Boston Tea Party to #BoycottBlackFriday: Consumer Activism in the U.S."

About the talk:  Dr. Heldman will present research on the democratic effects of consumer activism in the U.S. This type of political participation was constitutive of national identity when colonists used market channels to voice political concerns, and in the intervening centuries, it has become a popular tool for social movements. Rates of consumer activism have dramatically increased in the past decade as a result of social media. This talk explores the democratic effects of contemporary consumer activism against the backdrop of participatory decline and expanding corporate power post-Citizens United.

Sandwiches will be served.