Common Ground

Jason E. Smith with Paul Mattick

Weekly conversations with activists, social justice practitioners, and changemakers.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Please join us for a conversation between author Jason E. Smith and Rail Field Notes editor Paul Mattick. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Brendan Joyce.

In this talk

Jason E. Smith

Jason E. Smith
Jason E. Smith writes about contemporary art, philosophy, and politics. His work has appeared in Artforum, Grey Room, October and SAQ, among other places, and he frequently writes for The Brooklyn Rail’s “Field Notes” section. He is currently finishing two books, one on automation, the other on the theory of the “party” in political struggles. He is currently chair of the Graduate Art department at Art Center College of Design.

Paul Mattick

Paul Mattick
Paul Mattick is the Rail’s Field Notes editor. His most recent books are Theory as Critique: Essays on Capital (Haymarket Books, 2019) and Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism (Reaktion Books, 2011).

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Brendan Joyce reading.

Brendan Joyce

A black and white photograph of poet Brendan Joyce.
Courtesy Brendan Joyce
Brendan Joyce is an unemployed worker, the co-organizer of Grieveland and the author of Character Limit and Love & Solidarity.

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