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    Socialism 2013 is pleased to host sessions on a wide range of topics, designed to offer both ideas about strategies in our movements as well as theory to guide the fight for a better future. The full conference schedule is provided below.

     

     

     

     

    Thursday 8pm

    Austerity USA: The working class today

    Lee Sustar

    Capitalism and crisis

     

    From the New Deal to the Grand Bargain: The poverty of US liberalism

    Lance Selfa

    US politics and society

     

    Marx’s ecology

    Phil Gasper

    Environmental issues

     

    Class struggle in China

    Dennis Kosuth

    Asia and South Asia

     

    Verdi, opera and revolution

    Nicole Colson

    Art, culture and sports

     

    Be the change you want to see? A critique of prefigurative politics

    Aaron Petkoff

    Anarchism and syndicalism

     

    Profits against people: The privatization of our cities

    Lauren Fleer

    Science and society

     

     

    Friday 9:30-11am

    The battle for Taksim Square: Turkey’s Tahrir?

    Tom Gagné

    World in struggle

     

    US imperialism’s pivot to Asia

    Ashley Smith

    Imperialism

     

    The future of unions in the US

    Sal Rosselli, Amy Muldoon

    The labor movement today

     

    Sexism and the food and diet industry

    Rebecca Anshell Song

    Science and society

     

    The Seminole Wars: How slaves and native peoples revolted against empire

    Ragina Johnson

    Native peoples’ struggles past and present

     

    Marxism and class

    Sam Farber

    Questions in Marxist Theory

     

    The drug war in Latin America

    Gabriel Chavez, Helen Redmond

    Latin America

     

    Michael Harrington and democratic socialism

    Joe Allen

    History of working class radicalism

     

    What do socialists say about violence and nonviolence?

    Caitlin Sheehan

    Introduction to Marxism

     

    Keynesianism: Capitalism with a human face?

    Petrino DiLeo

    Capitalism and Crisis

     

    Raymond Williams: Language, thought, and superstructure

    Doug Singsen

    Art, culture and sports

     

    The Edifice Complex: How the rich and powerful shape the world

    Ann Coleman, Andrea Hektor

    Art, culture and sports

     

     

    Friday 11:30-1pm

    Marxism and  Halloween

    China Miéville

    Art, culture and sports

     

    The making of global capitalism

    Sam Gindin

    Imperialism

     

    The abolitionists

    Alan Maass

    Black history and politics

     

    The fight against transgender oppression

    Holly Davidson Lewis

    Sexuality and socialism

     

    Women, work and austerity today

    Haley Swenson, Hannah Fleury

    Capitalism and crisis

     

    North Korea in the crosshairs

    David Whitehouse

    Asia and South Asia

     

    A history of disability rights activism

    Jess Martin, Keith Rosenthal

    The politics of disability

     

    Housing is a human right–The history of public housing

    Rory Fanning

    US politics and society

     

    The future socialist society

    Michael Smith, John Gallagher

    Introduction to Marxism

     

    When workers occupied: The CIO sit-down strikes

    Natalia Tylim

    History of working class radicalism

     

    Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution

    Brian Bean

    Classics of Marxism

     

    The school to prison pipeline

    Marissa Torres, Ream Kidane

    Criminal injustice

     

     

    Friday 2-4pm

    Anatomy of a victory: How the Chicago teachers won their strike

    Jesse Sharkey, Becca Bor, Brandon Johnson

    The Labor movement today

     

    Roundtable: Capitalism, disability and disability rights

    Noreen McNulty, Jeff Bale, Dee Herrera, Michelle Garcia

    The politics of disability

     

    How we fight the racist prison system

    Lily Hughes, Liliana Segura, Mark Clements, Timothy McKinney

    Criminal injustice

     

    The new environmental movement

    Michael Ware, Zach Zill, Heather Kangas, Suzanne Weiss

    Environmental issues

     

    The history of the ISO

    Paul D’Amato, Brian Jones, Leia Petty

    The politics of International Socialism

     

    The fight against sexual assault

    Briana Hanny, Madeline Burrows

    Women’s liberation

     

    The new Juan Crow: “Reform” and the criminalization of immigrants

    Rebekah Ward, Mario Cardenas, Marcos Perez

    Immigration and immigrant rights

     

    Paul Levi and the German socialist movement

    Paul Kellogg, John Riddell, Jen Roesch

    Revolutions and revolutionaries

     

    US imperialism in the Middle East after the Arab Spring

    Yusef Khalil, Shaun Joseph, Wael Elasady

    Politics and struggle in the Middle East

     

    The new movement against Israeli apartheid

    Ziad Abbas, Nolan Rampy, Sarah Levy, Ali Al-Arian

    Politics and struggle in the Middle East

     

    Introduction to Marxist economics

    Gary Lapon

    Capitalism and Crisis

     

     

    Friday 4:30-6pm

    What happened to the Egyptian Revolution?

    Hani Shukrallah, Mostafa Ali, Hatem Tallima

    Politics and struggle in the Middle East

     

    Exposing war crimes and the surveillance state

    Michael Ratner

    Civil liberties

     

    More than a score: The fight against standardized testing

    Jesse Hagopian, Julie Fain, Stephanie Rivera

    Education

     

    African American writers and communism in the Cold War

    Alan Wald

    Art, culture and sports

     

    The Fourth Comintern Congress: Its relevance to today’s struggles

    John Riddell

    Questions in Marxist Theory

     

    The fight to save the post office

    Jamie Partridge, Melissa Rakestraw, Frank Couget

    The labor movement today

     

    Marxism and postcolonial theory

    Pranav Jani

    Imperialism

     

    Sex and sexuality in Soviet Russia

    Jason Yanowitz

    Sexuality and socialism

     

    The Marxist theory of crisis

    Hadas Thier

    Capitalism and Crisis

     

    Lucy Parsons: An American revolutionary

    Randi Hensley

    Revolutions and revolutionaries

     

    Did Lenin lead to Stalin?

    Gillian Russom

    Introduction to Marxism

     

    Marxism and democracy

    Brian Roper and Mike Corwin

    Questions in Marxist Theory

     

     

    Friday 7:30-9pm

    Dirty Wars: Inside America’s new covert wars

    Jeremy Scahill

    Civil liberties

     

    Out of the closet and onto the court: Sports, gender and sexuality

    Dave Zirin, Kye Allums

    Art, culture and sports

     

    Austerity and the politics of neoliberalism

    Richard Seymour

    World in struggle

     

    Imperialism and the ecological crisis: A historical perspective

    Chris Williams

    Environmental issues

     

    The schools our children deserve

    Kirstin Roberts, Brian Chidester, Emily Giles

    Education

     

    Poverty pulls the trigger: The roots of urban violence

    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Barbara Ransby, Cedric Johnson, Martha Biondi

    Black history and politics

     

     

    Friday 9-10pm — Evening Plenary

    Glenn Greenwald speaks out

    Glenn Greenwald via Skype 

    Civil Liberties

     

     

    Saturday 9:30-11am

    Perspectives for the left

    Ahmed Shawki

    World in struggle

     

    The political economy of violence against women

    Tithi Bhattacharya

    Women’s liberation

     

    Understanding base and superstructure

    Bill Keach

    Questions in Marxist theory

     

    Israel, Zionism and imperialism

    Deepa Kumar, Sherry Wolf

    Politics and struggle in the Middle East

     

    Marxism and organization: Why we need a revolutionary party

    Brian Jones

    Introduction to Marxism

     

    The irrelevance of permanent revolution

    Neil Davidson

    Questions in Marxist Theory

     

    Critical conditions: Unions vs. the health care giants

    Sean Petty, Sal Rosselli

    The labor movement today

     

    Planning vs. the market: The case for socialist planning

    Eric Ruder

    Questions in Marxist theory

     

    Can democracy and billionaires co-exist? 

    Danny Katch

    Class and inequality

     

    Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement

    Marlene Martin

    Black history and politics

     

    Marxism, borders and the historic fight against deportation

    Justin Akers Chacón

    Immigration and immigrant rights

     

    The personal and the political: The feminist movement and literature

    Megan Behrent

    Women’s liberation

     

     

    Saturday 11:30-1pm

    Native American resistance: From Idle No More to KXL

    Alex Wilson

    Native people’s struggles past and present

     

    Black feminism and intersectionality

    Sharon Smith and Nikeeta Slade

    Women’s liberation

     

    Golden Dawn and the far right in Europe

    Shaun Harkin

    World in struggle

     

    Kill anything that moves: The real American war in Vietnam

    Nick Turse

    Imperialism

     

    Heroes and crowds: The role of the individual in history

    Paul D’Amato

    Questions in Marxist theory

     

    Hegel’s influence on Marx: What is the dialectic and do we need it today?

    Todd Chretien

    Questions in Marxist Theory

     

    COINTELPRO and the Black radical movement

    Lichi D’Amelio

    Black history and politics

     

    Venezuela after Chávez

    Tristin Adie

    Latin America

     

    A first-rate, second-rate man: Lincoln and the Civil War

    James Illingworth

    Revolutions and revolutionaries

     

    How to build an ISO branch

    Katherine McGhee, Jason Farbman

    Organizing as a socialist

     

    The Marxist theory of imperialism and its critics

    Lee Wengraf

    Imperialism

     

    Working-class literature in the United States

    Bill Mullen

    Art, culture and sports

     

    Socialism from below: The necessity of self-emancipation

    Kyle Brown

    Introduction to Marxism


     

     

    Saturday 2-3:30pm

     

    Building the left today

    Antonis Davenellos, Mick Armstrong

    World in struggle

     

    What do Marxists say about religion?

    Bill Roberts

    Questions in Marxist theory

     

    Global slump: The world economy since the Great Recession

    David McNally

    Capitalism and crisis

     

    The political economy of racism

    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Black History and Politics

     

    Queer liberation or LGBT Rights? Sexuality, reform and revolution

    Sherry Wolf

    Sexuality and socialism

     

    Drones, special forces and bases: Obama’s new imperial strategy

    Khury Petersen-Smith

    Imperialism

     

    Race, class and the women’s movements in the 1970s

    Elizabeth Schulte

    Women’s liberation

     

    The Spanish Civil War

    Pat Gallagher

    Revolutions and revolutionaries

     

    Ernst Fisher and the Necessity of Art

    Adam Turl

    Art, culture and sports

     

    How does consciousness change?

    Leia Petty

    Introduction to Marxism

     

    The real “Pirates of the Caribbean”

    Dana Blanchard

    Imperialism

     

    How neoliberalism survived the crisis

    John McDonald

    Capitalism and crisis

     

    Communists and the fight against racism in the 1930s

    Michael Chase

    Black history and politics

     

     

    Saturday 4-5:30pm

    The legacy of International Socialism

    Ahmed Shawki

    The politics of International Socialism

     

    The backlash against women: Sexuality and capitalism today

    Jen Roesch

    Women’s liberation

     

    Standing up to police brutality

    Jeralynn Blueford, Jack Bryson, Gina Sartori

    Criminal injustice


    From WalMart to Wendy’s: New low-wage workers’ struggles

    Trish Kahle, Sarah Jaffe

    The labor movement today

     

    Why we need an ecosocialist revolution

    Ian Angus

    Environmental issues

     

    Capitalism and democracy in the US Civil War and Reconstruction

    Charlie Post, Neil Davidson

    Questions in Marxist theory

     

    The struggle for Palestine

    Ali Abunimah

    Politics and struggle in the Middle East

     

    Lenin and the debate on Leninism

    Paul Le Blanc

    Questions in Marxist theory

     

    9.5 Theses on Art and Class

    Ben Davis

    Art, culture and sports

     

    Asian Americans: The myth of the model minority

    Diana Macasa and Kitty Lui

    Asia and South Asia

     

    101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

    Dao Tran and Michele Bollinger

    History of working class radicalism

     

    The relevance of the Communist Manifesto today

    Rachel Cohen

    Classics of Marxism

     

    The use and abuse of statistics

    Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

    Science and society

     

     

    Saturday 7:30-9:30 — Evening Plenary

    Defend our schools: Fighting for education justice

    Megan Behrent, Jesse Hagopian, Jen Johnson, Asean Johnson, Malcolm London, Sherise McDaniel, Israel Munoz, Jesse Sharkey, Rousemary Vega, Emceed by Brian Jones

     

     

     

     

    Sunday 9:30-11am

    Why unions still matter

    Darrin Hoop

    The labor movement today

     

    Marxism and morality

    Jessica Hansen-Weaver

    Questions in Marxist theory

     

    Delusions of gender: How difference is constructed

    Zakiya Khabir, Dana Cloud

    Sexuality and socialism

     

    Is there a future for social democracy?

    Jonah Birch and Jason Netek

    Questions in Marxist Theory

     

    Mali and the new imperial scramble for Africa

    Sarah Knopp

    Imperialism

     

    Class and social struggles in the New India

    Snehal Shingavi

    Asia and South Asia

     

    Lise Vogel and social reproduction theory

    Sue Ferguson

    Women’s liberation

     

    Trotsky on the united front

    Leela Yellesetty

    Classics of Marxism

     

    Louise Michel and the Paris Commune

    Lindsay Goss

    Revolutions and revolutionaries

     

    Clara Zetkin, socialism, and women’s liberation

    Doniella Maher

    Revolutions and revolutionaries

     

    Lenin on self-determination

    Elizabeth Terzakis

    Classics of Marxism

     

    Hubert Harrison and CLR James on socialism and Black liberation

    Scott McLemee

    Black history and politics

     

    What do Marxists say about postmodernism?

    Tom Lewis

    Questions in Marxist Theory

     

     

    Sunday 11:30-1pm

    Crisis and conflict in Syria: An eyewitness analysis

    Anand Gopal

    Politics and struggle in the Middle East

     

    Leninism vs. Zinovievism

    Joel Geier

    Questions in Marxist Theory

     

    Marxism and women’s liberation

    Abbie Bakan and Sharon Smith

    Women’s liberation

     

    The new Intifada in Kashmir

    Nagesh Rao

    Asia and South Asia

     

    The fight for teacher unionism

    Peter Lamphere, Gillian Russom, Dana Blanchard

    Education

     

    Mayor 1 percent: Rahm Emanuel’s war on Chicago’s 99 percent

    Kari Lydersen

    US politics and society

     

    The new fightback in auto

    Greg Shotwell, Alex Wassell, Scott Holdieson, Sean Crawford

    The labormovement today

     

    Broken on all sides: Race and mass incarceration

    Matthew Pillischer, Jazz Hayden, Reggie Abdullah Carter

    Entertainment and Film

     

    Panel: High school organizing

    Ricardo Fuentes, Shane James

    Organizing as a socialist

     

    Engels, the familly and social reproduction

    Jessie Muldoon

    Classics of Marxism

     

    Accumulation by dispossession: A critique

    Geoff Bailey

    Imperialism

     

    The working class and the politics of syndicalism

    Eric Kerl

    Anarchism and syndicalism

     

    Harry Braverman’s Labor and Monopoly Capital

    Paul Heideman

    Classics of Marxism

     

     

    Sunday 2-3pm

    Final Session

     

     

  • Each year, the Socialism Conference offers more than a hundred sessions on history, politics, and theory with leading voices in the struggle. Here are some of the highlights from last year’s Socialism Conference, courtesy of WeAreMany.org.

    This speech by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor was part of a panel called No Justice, No Peace: Families of police brutality victims speak out at the 2012 Socialism Conference.

    Over 1,000 people gathered for this June 30 panel discussion from the Socialism 2012 Conference in Chicago, featuring family members of Alan Blueford, James Earl Rivera, Jr, and Ramarley Graham, all victims of police murder. How can we win justice for these families, and how can we continue to build a movement against the New Jim Crow?

    Sherry Wolf speaks on the racism and inequality at the heart of the Israeli state.

    Author, educator, and activist Brian Jones examines the thoughts of Karl Marx on the US Civil War and the fight against slavery.

    Omar Barghouti speaks on the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions movement and the global struggle for Palestinian rights.

  • Download a PDF of the complete Socialism 2013 Conference program below.

    S13 Program

    Socialism 2013 Full Program