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 8pmAusterity USA: The working class todayLee SustarCapitalism and crisisFrom the New Deal to the Grand Bargain: The poverty of US liberalismLance SelfaUS politics and societyMarx’s ecologyPhil GasperEnvironmental issuesClass struggle in ChinaDennis KosuthAsia and South AsiaVerdi, opera and revolutionNicole ColsonArt, culture and sportsBe the change you want to see? A critique of prefigurative politicsAaron PetkoffAnarchism and syndicalismProfits against people: The privatization of our citiesLauren FleerScience and society
Friday 9:30-11amThe battle for Taksim Square: Turkey’s Tahrir?Tom GagnéWorld in struggleUS imperialism’s pivot to AsiaAshley SmithImperialismThe future of unions in the USSal Rosselli, Amy MuldoonThe labor movement todaySexism and the food and diet industryRebecca Anshell SongScience and societyThe Seminole Wars: How slaves and native peoples revolted against empireRagina JohnsonNative peoples’ struggles past and presentMarxism and classSam FarberQuestions in Marxist TheoryThe drug war in Latin AmericaGabriel Chavez, Helen RedmondLatin AmericaMichael Harrington and democratic socialismJoe AllenHistory of working class radicalismWhat do socialists say about violence and nonviolence?Caitlin SheehanIntroduction to MarxismKeynesianism: Capitalism with a human face?Petrino DiLeoCapitalism and CrisisRaymond Williams: Language, thought, and superstructureDoug SingsenArt, culture and sportsThe Edifice Complex: How the rich and powerful shape the worldAnn Coleman, Andrea HektorArt, culture and sports
Friday 11:30-1pmMarxism and HalloweenChina MiévilleArt, culture and sportsThe making of global capitalismSam GindinImperialismThe abolitionistsAlan MaassBlack history and politicsThe fight against transgender oppressionHolly Davidson LewisSexuality and socialismWomen, work and austerity todayHaley Swenson, Hannah FleuryCapitalism and crisisNorth Korea in the crosshairsDavid WhitehouseAsia and South AsiaA history of disability rights activismJess Martin, Keith RosenthalThe politics of disabilityHousing is a human right–The history of public housingRory FanningUS politics and societyThe future socialist societyMichael Smith, John GallagherIntroduction to MarxismWhen workers occupied: The CIO sit-down strikesNatalia TylimHistory of working class radicalismTrotsky’s History of the Russian RevolutionBrian BeanClassics of MarxismThe school to prison pipelineMarissa Torres, Ream KidaneCriminal injustice
Friday 2-4pmAnatomy of a victory: How the Chicago teachers won their strikeJesse Sharkey, Becca Bor, Brandon JohnsonThe Labor movement todayRoundtable: Capitalism, disability and disability rightsNoreen McNulty, Jeff Bale, Dee Herrera, Michelle GarciaThe politics of disabilityHow we fight the racist prison systemLily Hughes, Liliana Segura, Mark Clements, Timothy McKinneyCriminal injusticeThe new environmental movementMichael Ware, Zach Zill, Heather Kangas, Suzanne WeissEnvironmental issuesThe history of the ISOPaul D’Amato, Brian Jones, Leia PettyThe politics of International SocialismThe fight against sexual assaultBriana Hanny, Madeline BurrowsWomen’s liberationThe new Juan Crow: “Reform” and the criminalization of immigrantsRebekah Ward, Mario Cardenas, Marcos PerezImmigration and immigrant rightsPaul Levi and the German socialist movementPaul Kellogg, John Riddell, Jen RoeschRevolutions and revolutionariesUS imperialism in the Middle East after the Arab SpringYusef Khalil, Shaun Joseph, Wael ElasadyPolitics and struggle in the Middle EastThe new movement against Israeli apartheidZiad Abbas, Nolan Rampy, Sarah Levy, Ali Al-ArianPolitics and struggle in the Middle EastIntroduction to Marxist economicsGary LaponCapitalism and Crisis
Friday 4:30-6pmWhat happened to the Egyptian Revolution?Hani Shukrallah, Mostafa Ali, Hatem TallimaPolitics and struggle in the Middle East
Exposing war crimes and the surveillance stateMichael RatnerCivil libertiesMore than a score: The fight against standardized testingJesse Hagopian, Julie Fain, Stephanie RiveraEducationAfrican American writers and communism in the Cold WarAlan WaldArt, culture and sportsThe Fourth Comintern Congress: Its relevance to today’s strugglesJohn RiddellQuestions in Marxist TheoryThe fight to save the post officeJamie Partridge, Melissa Rakestraw, Frank CougetThe labor movement todayMarxism and postcolonial theoryPranav JaniImperialismSex and sexuality in Soviet RussiaJason YanowitzSexuality and socialismThe Marxist theory of crisisHadas ThierCapitalism and CrisisLucy Parsons: An American revolutionaryRandi HensleyRevolutions and revolutionariesDid Lenin lead to Stalin?Gillian RussomIntroduction to MarxismMarxism and democracyBrian Roper and Mike CorwinQuestions in Marxist Theory
Friday 7:30-9pmDirty Wars: Inside America’s new covert warsJeremy ScahillCivil libertiesOut of the closet and onto the court: Sports, gender and sexualityDave Zirin, Kye AllumsArt, culture and sportsAusterity and the politics of neoliberalismRichard SeymourWorld in struggleImperialism and the ecological crisis: A historical perspectiveChris WilliamsEnvironmental issuesThe schools our children deserveKirstin Roberts, Brian Chidester, Emily GilesEducationPoverty pulls the trigger: The roots of urban violenceKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Barbara Ransby, Cedric Johnson, Martha BiondiBlack history and politics
Friday 9-10pm — Evening PlenaryGlenn Greenwald speaks outGlenn Greenwald via SkypeCivil Liberties
Saturday 9:30-11amPerspectives for the leftAhmed ShawkiWorld in struggleThe political economy of violence against womenTithi BhattacharyaWomen’s liberationUnderstanding base and superstructureBill KeachQuestions in Marxist theoryIsrael, Zionism and imperialismDeepa Kumar, Sherry WolfPolitics and struggle in the Middle EastMarxism and organization: Why we need a revolutionary partyBrian JonesIntroduction to MarxismThe irrelevance of permanent revolutionNeil DavidsonQuestions in Marxist TheoryCritical conditions: Unions vs. the health care giantsSean Petty, Sal RosselliThe labor movement todayPlanning vs. the market: The case for socialist planningEric RuderQuestions in Marxist theoryCan democracy and billionaires co-exist?Danny KatchClass and inequalityRosa Parks and the civil rights movementMarlene MartinBlack history and politicsMarxism, borders and the historic fight against deportationJustin Akers ChacónImmigration and immigrant rightsThe personal and the political: The feminist movement and literatureMegan BehrentWomen’s liberation
Saturday 11:30-1pmNative American resistance: From Idle No More to KXLAlex WilsonNative people’s struggles past and presentBlack feminism and intersectionalitySharon Smith and Nikeeta SladeWomen’s liberationGolden Dawn and the far right in EuropeShaun HarkinWorld in struggleKill anything that moves: The real American war in VietnamNick TurseImperialismHeroes and crowds: The role of the individual in historyPaul D’AmatoQuestions in Marxist theoryHegel’s influence on Marx: What is the dialectic and do we need it today?Todd ChretienQuestions in Marxist TheoryCOINTELPRO and the Black radical movementLichi D’AmelioBlack history and politicsVenezuela after ChávezTristin AdieLatin AmericaA first-rate, second-rate man: Lincoln and the Civil WarJames IllingworthRevolutions and revolutionariesHow to build an ISO branchKatherine McGhee, Jason FarbmanOrganizing as a socialistThe Marxist theory of imperialism and its criticsLee WengrafImperialismWorking-class literature in the United StatesBill MullenArt, culture and sportsSocialism from below: The necessity of self-emancipationKyle BrownIntroduction to Marxism
Saturday 2-3:30pmBuilding the left todayAntonis Davenellos, Mick ArmstrongWorld in struggleWhat do Marxists say about religion?Bill RobertsQuestions in Marxist theoryGlobal slump: The world economy since the Great RecessionDavid McNallyCapitalism and crisisThe political economy of racismKeeanga-Yamahtta TaylorBlack History and PoliticsQueer liberation or LGBT Rights? Sexuality, reform and revolutionSherry WolfSexuality and socialismDrones, special forces and bases: Obama’s new imperial strategyKhury Petersen-SmithImperialismRace, class and the women’s movements in the 1970sElizabeth SchulteWomen’s liberationThe Spanish Civil WarPat GallagherRevolutions and revolutionariesErnst Fisher and the Necessity of ArtAdam TurlArt, culture and sportsHow does consciousness change?Leia PettyIntroduction to MarxismThe real “Pirates of the Caribbean”Dana BlanchardImperialismHow neoliberalism survived the crisisJohn McDonaldCapitalism and crisisCommunists and the fight against racism in the 1930sMichael ChaseBlack history and politics
Saturday 4-5:30pmThe legacy of International SocialismAhmed ShawkiThe politics of International SocialismThe backlash against women: Sexuality and capitalism todayJen RoeschWomen’s liberationStanding up to police brutalityJeralynn Blueford, Jack Bryson, Gina SartoriCriminal injustice
From WalMart to Wendy’s: New low-wage workers’ strugglesTrish Kahle, Sarah JaffeThe labor movement todayWhy we need an ecosocialist revolutionIan AngusEnvironmental issuesCapitalism and democracy in the US Civil War and ReconstructionCharlie Post, Neil DavidsonQuestions in Marxist theoryThe struggle for PalestineAli AbunimahPolitics and struggle in the Middle EastLenin and the debate on LeninismPaul Le BlancQuestions in Marxist theory9.5 Theses on Art and ClassBen DavisArt, culture and sportsAsian Americans: The myth of the model minorityDiana Macasa and Kitty LuiAsia and South Asia101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US HistoryDao Tran and Michele BollingerHistory of working class radicalismThe relevance of the Communist Manifesto todayRachel CohenClassics of MarxismThe use and abuse of statisticsElizabeth Wrigley-FieldScience and society
Saturday 7:30-9:30 — Evening PlenaryDefend our schools: Fighting for education justiceMegan Behrent, Jesse Hagopian, Jen Johnson, Asean Johnson, Malcolm London, Sherise McDaniel, Israel Munoz, Jesse Sharkey, Rousemary Vega, Emceed by Brian Jones
Sunday 9:30-11amWhy unions still matterDarrin HoopThe labor movement todayMarxism and moralityJessica Hansen-WeaverQuestions in Marxist theoryDelusions of gender: How difference is constructedZakiya Khabir, Dana CloudSexuality and socialismIs there a future for social democracy?Jonah Birch and Jason NetekQuestions in Marxist TheoryMali and the new imperial scramble for AfricaSarah KnoppImperialismClass and social struggles in the New IndiaSnehal ShingaviAsia and South AsiaLise Vogel and social reproduction theorySue FergusonWomen’s liberationTrotsky on the united frontLeela YellesettyClassics of MarxismLouise Michel and the Paris CommuneLindsay GossRevolutions and revolutionariesClara Zetkin, socialism, and women’s liberationDoniella MaherRevolutions and revolutionariesLenin on self-determinationElizabeth TerzakisClassics of MarxismHubert Harrison and CLR James on socialism and Black liberationScott McLemeeBlack history and politicsWhat do Marxists say about postmodernism?Tom LewisQuestions in Marxist Theory
Sunday 11:30-1pmCrisis and conflict in Syria: An eyewitness analysisAnand GopalPolitics and struggle in the Middle EastLeninism vs. ZinovievismJoel GeierQuestions in Marxist TheoryMarxism and women’s liberationAbbie Bakan and Sharon SmithWomen’s liberationThe new Intifada in KashmirNagesh RaoAsia and South AsiaThe fight for teacher unionismPeter Lamphere, Gillian Russom, Dana BlanchardEducationMayor 1 percent: Rahm Emanuel’s war on Chicago’s 99 percentKari LydersenUS politics and societyThe new fightback in autoGreg Shotwell, Alex Wassell, Scott Holdieson, Sean CrawfordThe labormovement todayBroken on all sides: Race and mass incarcerationMatthew Pillischer, Jazz Hayden, Reggie Abdullah CarterEntertainment and FilmPanel: High school organizingRicardo Fuentes, Shane JamesOrganizing as a socialistEngels, the familly and social reproductionJessie MuldoonClassics of MarxismAccumulation by dispossession: A critiqueGeoff BaileyImperialismThe working class and the politics of syndicalismEric KerlAnarchism and syndicalismHarry Braverman’s Labor and Monopoly CapitalPaul HeidemanClassics of Marxism
Sunday 2-3pmFinal 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.