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Join more than 1,500 leftwing activists and authors in Chicago to share lessons from history, learn about Marxist theory, discuss current struggles, explore Marxist and socialist ideas, and debate current issues on the left. The same political system that spawned Trump cannot be relied on to stop his attacks—instead we must look to the millions of people who will continue to resist.


John Cusack

Actor, filmmaker and author

Hari Kondabolu

Comedian and host of Politically Reactive

Donna Murch

Historian and activist

Amy Goodman

Host of Democracy Now!

Sharon Smith

Author, Women and Socialism

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Author, From #BLM to Black Liberation

Barbara Smith

Black feminist author and activist

Remi Kanazi

Palestine solidarity activist, author, Before the Next Bomb Drops

Wayne Au

Editor, Rethinking Schools

Barbara Ransby

Author and civil rights activist

Wallace Shawn

Actor, playwright and author

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Author, Indigenous People's History of the United States

Bhaskar Sunkara

Editor and publisher of Jacobin

Dave Zirin

The Nation and Edge of Sports

Justin Akers Chacón

Author, No One is Illegal

Sarah Jaffe

Independent journalist

Alan Maass

Editor, Socialist Worker

Rebecca Vilkomerson

Jewish Voice for Peace

Danny Katch

Author, Socialism Seriously

Lance Selfa

Author, Democrats: A Critical History

Karen Fields

Co-author, Racecraft

Neil Davidson

Scottish socialist and author

Demita Frazier

Black feminist author and activist

Ahmed Shawki

Editorial board, International Socialist Review

Paul D’Amato

Author, Meaning of Marxism


Over 100 meetings

Covering debates on the left today and the hidden history of working-class and socialist struggles.

Expand your political toolbox

We are committed to fighting injustice and oppression and building a socialist future. Join us!

Free, professional, on-site childcare

Parents can fully participate in the conference knowing their children are enjoying themselves.

Socializing with socialists

You are not alone! Meet with comrades from across the country and around the world.

"How We Get Free" - Combahee River Collective Statement panel discussion

Socialism 2017 is excited to announce “How We Get Free,” a panel discussion commemorating the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Combahee River Collective Statement. Panelists will include Barbara Smith and Demita Frazier, authors of the original document, as well as activists Barbara Ransby, Sharon Smith and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, who will discuss the impact of the statement on the struggles of today. Read more.

Afternoon Sessions

01:00 PM

Afternoon Sessions

03:00 PM

Thursday Dinner

4:30 PM

Evening sessions

06:30 PM

Morning Sessions

09:30 AM

Morning Sessions

11:30 AM

Friday Lunch

1:00 PM

Afternoon Sessions

2:00 PM

Afternoon Sessions

04:00 PM

Friday Dinner

06:00 PM

Evening Sessions

08:00 PM

Morning Sessions

09:30 AM

Morning Sessions

11:30 AM

Saturday Lunch

01:00 PM

Afternoon Sessions

2:00 PM

Afternoon Sessions

04:00 PM

Saturday Dinner

06:00 PM

Evening Plenary

08:00 PM

Morning Sessions

09:30 AM

Morning Sessions

11:30 AM

Sunday Lunch

01:00 PM

Final Rally

02:00 PM

SCHEDULE UPDATES: Due to personal commitments, we regret to announce that Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett has had to cancel his planned appearance at Socialism 2017. But please join us Saturday July 8 at 4 p.m. for “Athletes and Activism Across Generations,” a conversation featuring activist, author and former Chicago Bull Craig Hodges; four-time Olympic medalist and founding member of the Women’s Sports Foundation Wyomia Tyus; and Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin.

We also regret that Alicia Garza has had to cancel for personal reasons, but please join us on Friday at 4 p.m. for “The 40th Anniversary of the Combahee River Collective,” featuring Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Barbara Ransby, Demita Frazier, Sharon Smith, and Barbara Smith.


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Add to My Calendar 2017-07-06 9:00:00 2017-07-09 18:00:00 America/Chicago Socialism 2017 Join more than 1,500 leftwing activists and authors in Chicago to share lessons from history, learn about Marxist theory, discuss current struggles, explore Marxist and socialist ideas, and debate current issues on the left. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL Center for Economic Research and Social Change [email protected]


Choose the rate that works best for you:

Student Rate
  • Full Conference
  • 50% off Regular rate
  • Must bring student ID
Regular Rate
  • Full Conference
  • Solidarity rate: $150
  • Day passes also available
Solidarity Rate
  • Full Conference
  • Sustainer rate: $250
  • Thank you for your support!

On-site registration available. Single day passes available for $40, and single sessions for $10



Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

2233 S. King Dr.

Chicago, IL 60616

Conference attendees will receive discounted, on-site parking at a rate of $24 per day.



Rooms are booked!

The Hyatt is currently at capacity

The Palmer House Hilton is also at capacity

Guests will need to make their own arrangements for accommodations.


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Frequently Asked Questions
Who should come?

Everyone with an interest in overthrowing capitalism (so, everyone!). The Conference draws people new to politics as well as experienced political organizers and academics. Students receive 50% off conference registration. Read more.

The hotel says there are no rooms left! What do I do?

The Hyatt is currently at capacity. If you would like to book a room for $129 a night in our conference block at the Palmer House Hilton nearby, please email us as we are coordinating the room block with the hotel directly. Read more.

I’m a member of the press. Can I get a press pass?

Yes – the deadline to apply for a press pass is Friday, June 23. Read more.

How does childcare work?

Free, professional, on-site childcare is available for children aged 6 months to 13 years. Please register for the conference and inform us of your childcare needs by Monday, June 5. Read more.

Is it wheelchair accessible? Is translation available? Will there be all-gender bathrooms?

Yes – Read more about accommodations. If you have special needs you would like the conference to be aware of in advance, please let us know.

What is the food situation? Can I smoke and drink?

Attendees are responsible for their own meals, and the Hyatt has three restaurants and a cafe. It’s a non-smoking hotel but there is a patio area near the bar. Read more.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond for sure.



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