Schedule – old version

List of Talks for Socialism 2017

The conference will feature hundreds of meetings on topics including Black History and Politics, Debates on the Left, Introduction to Marxism, Understanding the Trump Era, Women and LGBTQ Liberation, and US Labor History. 

Click on the topics below to view the meeting titles. A more detailed schedule with speaker information is coming soon!

  • Ways of Seeing: The Art and Politics of John Berger
  • “Nothing can be changed until it is faced”: The life and Work of James Baldwin
  • Marxism and Cultural Appropriation
  • Art and the Russian Revolution
  • Slavery and the Origins of Racism
  • Race, class, and Marxism
  • Women and the Black Freedom Struggle
  • The Russian Revolution and the Black Left in the US
  • Martin, Malcolm and the struggle for Black Liberation
  • The 40th Anniversary of the Combahee River Collective
  • CLR James and Richard Wright
  • #BlackLivesMatter in the Trump Era
  • Shut it down? How to Fight the Right
  • Free Speech and the Socialist Movement
  • Keep the Oil in the Soil: Fighting Against the Pipelines
  • Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation
  • Is It Too Late to Save the Environment?
  • The Political Economy of Food
  • Labor and the Environment
  • Environmental Racism and the Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement
  • Education and Capitalism: The Dialectic of Reification and Resistance
  • The Berkeley Free Speech Movement
  • Academic Freedom, the New McCarthyism, and the Palestine Exception
  • International Teachers’ Resistance: Voices from Mexico, Quebec, and the US
  • Sexuality and Socialism
  • How We Won Marriage Equality
  • Women, the Family, and Social Reproduction
  • How Did Women’s Oppression Begin and How Will It End?
  • Transgender Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue
  • Race, Class, and Feminism
  • Abortion Without Apology
  • Act Up, Fight Back: The AIDS Crisis and the LGBTQ Movement
  • Panel: From the Women’s March to a New Movement?
  • The Rise and Fall of the Socialist Party
  • Unite and Fight: Communist Multiracial Organizing in the 1930s and ’40s
  • Resisting the Rise of Right: Lessons from the Midwest Anti-Klan Network
  • 60 million and climbing: The World Refugee Crisis
  • From Sensenbrenner to Trump: History and Lessons of the Immigrant Rights Movement
  • The Border Crossed Us: Economics and Politics of the U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Fighting Deportations in the Trump Era
  • Manifest Destiny and the Conquest of North America
  • The Good War? Imperialism, Genocide, and Resistance During the Second World War
  • Rehabilitating US Imperialism: From Vietnam to the War on Terror
  • “Good Neighbors”? U.S. Intervention in Latin America
  • Still the “Greatest Prize”: Oil, Empire, and Capitalism
  • Panel: From the Front Lines of Standing Rock
  • The Trail of Broken Treaties: Indian Dispossession and Resistance
  • Custer Died for Your Sins: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Lakota Struggle for Freedom
  • SYRIZA, Podemos, and Beyond: Success and Failure of New Left Party Initiatives
  • Panel: Perspective for international left today
  • Morbid symptoms: The Rise of Right-Wing Populism Worldwide
  • How Capitalism Works—and How It Doesn’t
  • How the Boss Rips You Off: Where Does Profit Come From?
  • The “epidemic of overproduction”: Why Capitalism Goes into Crisis
  • Do Workers Still Have Power?
  • How Do Workers’ Ideas Change?
  • What Would a Socialist Society Look Like?
  • Socialism 101: What kind of socialism are we fighting for?
  • Not Just Your Pay Grade: How Do Marxists Understand Class?
  • Marx’s Understanding of History
  • Marxism and Alienation
  • Marxism and Law
  • Marxism, Exploitation, and Oppression
  • Why We Need a Revolutionary Party
  • Lenin’s State and Revolution
  • Rosa Luxemburg’s Reform or Revolution
  • Leon Trotsky’s Their Morals and Ours
  • Anarchism
  • Social democracy
  • Stalinism
  • Maoism
  • Human Nature
  • Disability
  • Nationalism and National Liberation
  • Unions
  • The Case for a Revolutionary Newspaper
  • History and Politics of the International Socialist Organization
  • Socialists and Movements
  • Eugene Debs and the 1890 Pullman Strike
  • The 1919 Seattle General Strike
  • Labor’s Giant Step: The Flint Sitdown Strike of 1936-37
  • Trotskyists and Teamsters: Socialist Strategy in the Minneapolis General Strike of 1934
  • Bread and Roses: Women in the U.S. Labor Movement
  • “It’s a Subterranean Fire”: The First May Day
  • Black Power vs. Corporate America: The Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement
  • Labor’s Rank-and-File Rebellion: 1968-74
  • Panel: Fighting to Survive, Fighting to Win—Unions in Right-to-Work America
  • The Neoliberal City
  • A Tale of Three Cities: Slum, Dispossession, and Class Struggle in the Global South
  • School of Revolutionary Strategy: The First Five Years of the Communist International
  • The Theory of the United Front
  • Confronting the beast: How Marxist Responded to the Rise of Fascism
  • The Factory Occupations and the Rise of Mussolini
  • M.N. Roy and the Politics of National Liberation and Colonialism

Asia-Pacific:

  • Billionaires and General Strikes: Inside Modi’s India
  • Class Struggles in China: Strikes, Protest, and Workers’ Resistance
  • A Newer World Order? Imperialism and the Rise of China
  • Government by Death Squad? The Philippines Under Duterte
  • From Capitalist Miracle to Mass Protests: South Korea Today

Africa:

  • Exhuming Thomas Sankara: Anti-Imperialism and the Legacy of Afro-Stalinism
  • Land Grabs to Big Oil: The New Scramble for Africa
  • The unfinished struggle: South Africa Since Apartheid

Europe:

  • Crisis and Resistance: The Struggle Continues in Greece
  • Mapping the European Far Right: from Le Pen to Golden Dawn
  • Putin, Russia, and Imperialism
  • Life After Brexit: Will the European Union Fall Apart?

Latin America:

  • Brazil’s Social and Political Crisis
  • Gender Violence and Resistance in Mexico
  • The Cuban Revolution and the Legacy of Fidel Castro
  • The rise and fall of the Pink Tide in Latin America

Middle East:

  • Zionism: False Messiah
  • States of Resistance: The Future of Palestinian Liberation
  • From Pan-Arabism to Internationalism: Socialist Movements in the Middle East
  • What’s the Matter with the Israeli Working Class?
  • Syria and the Left
  • Imperialism, Fundamentalism, and the Death of the Arab Spring
  • Islamic Fundamentalism and Political Islam
  • Lenin and the Bolshevik Party
  • A History of the Russian Revolution
  • Defending the Revolution: From Rebel Soldiers to the Red Army, 1917-1921
  • Strikes, Soviets, and Factory Councils: Workers’ Power in the Russian Revolution
  • How the Russian Revolution Was Lost
  • The Russian Revolution and the Revolutionary Approach to Oppression
  • Embodied Inequality: Marxism, Oppression, and Social Services
  • U.S. Health Care: Your Money and Your Life
  • The Uses and Abuses of Anti-Semitism
  • Trump, Economic Nationalism, and Imperialism Today
  • Islamophobia and the Ideology of the “War on Terror”
  • Mapping the Enemy: What Is the “Alt-Right”?
  • Trump, Business, and the “Deep State”: Who’s in Charge?
  • Misogynist in Chief: What’s at Stake for Women’s Rights in the Trump Era?
  • Can we Imagine a Socialist United States?
  • “Rust Belt Reactionaries”?: The U.S. Working Class Today
  • Party Politics in the New Gilded Age: The Crisis of Democracy in the US
  • Incarceration Nation: Drugs, Detention, and Discrimination
  • Lies, Damn Lies, and Fake News: Disentangling the truth in the Trump Era
  • Establishment vs. Progressive Democrats: Are There Democrats Who Deserve Our Support?
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