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Dukakis Center welcomes sociologist Berch Berberoglu

Dukakis Center welcomes sociologist Berch Berberoglu

Dukakis Center welcomes sociologist Berch Berberoglu

“Look out the window. See what is happening. Reality,” stated Berch Berberoglu to a roomful of twenty students and staff members. Professor Berberoglu, Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of twenty-nine books, visited the American College of Thessaloniki on March 14, 2012, and gave a lecture on the global capitalist crisis and it’s origins, nature, and impact on the United States.
 

This was Berberoglu’s second visit to ACT. Born in Turkey and educated in the US from an early age, he first spoke in Thessaloniki in 1999.
 

“Are we marching in dangerous directions and times?” Professor Berberoglu asked the room. He declared that each and every individual has a large burden on his or her shoulders, the burden to address the current political and economical issues at hand. After discussing the origins, nature, and reasons for the crisis he proposed an economic remedy. The remedy calls for society to step outside of the framework of the existing capitalist system and to place the interests of the working class as the new focal point.
 

He encouraged the students and staff in the room to “argue, discuss, debate.” He then inquired, “Didn’t your mothers teach you that?” Indeed, Professor Berberoglu has sounded a call to action.

Lily Allen-Duenas

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