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Left Forum 2010

Personnel 2010

Board of Directors: Stanley Aronowitz, Roderick Bush, Eric Canepa, Vivek Chibber, Nancy Holmstrom, Jamie McCallum, Lorraine Minnite, Frances Fox Piven, Hobart Spalding, William K. Tabb, Richard D. Wolff, Julia Wrigley.

Advisory Board: Gilbert Achcar, Tariq Ali, Robin Blackburn, Barbara Bowen, Rose Brewer, Renate Bridenthal, Michael Brie, Stephen Brier, Stephen Eric Bronner, Paul Buhle, Joseph A. Buttigieg, Luciana Castellina, Angela Dillard, Stephen Duncombe, Hester Eisenstein, Barbara Epstein, Deepa Fernandes, Hector Figueroa, Harriet Fraad, Josh Freeman, Barbara Garson, Marvin Gettleman, Arun Gupta, Jack Hammond, David Harvey, Gerald Horne, Boris Kagarlitsky, Robin D. G. Kelley, Christine A. Kelly, Peter Kwong, Joanne Landy, Jesse Lemisch, Michael Lowy, Manning Marable, Randy Martin, Liz Mestres, Susan O’Malley, Leo Panitch, Christian Parenti, Thomas Ponniah, Barbara Ransby, Michael Ratner, Jan Rehmann, Gerardo Renique, Rainer Rilling, Colin Robinson, Nan Rubin, Stephen R. Shalom, Neil Smith, Eleni Varikas, Victor Wallis, Ross Weiner, Joseph Wilson.

Endorsing Organisations: Brecht Forum, Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work, Graduate Center, CUNY, Critical Sociology, Logos, Monthly Review, National Lawyers Guild, New Political Science, New Politics, Radical Teacher, Rethinking Marxism/AESA, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Science and Society, Situations, Social Text, Socialism and Democracy, Social Register, Souls, Union for Radical Political Economics.[1]


At the 2010 Left Forum The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation continued its by now more than 10-year tradition of organising panels at the SSC and Left Forum with a panel on “Union Strategies, Poor People’s Movements and Crisis,” with Christina Kaindl, Jan Rehmann, and speakers from poverty and labor-organizing initiatives in the US. as well as a major session “Can Obama Be Moved? Movement Strategies to Pressure Party Politics” with Margit Mayer and an "impressive panoply of speakers ranging from supporters of third-party initiatives to those cooperating with the Democrats, as well as from other initiatives".

For the first year, the Transform Network had a presence – and an important one – with three major panels: “Social-Security Systems in Comparison: Europe and the US” with Robin Blackburn, Lucy apRoberts, Daniel Ankarloo and Ruurik Holm; “Roundtable on Left Strategies in the Core Capitalist Countries,” with Sam Gindin (Socialist Project, Toronto, formerly with the Canadian Auto Workers), João Romão, Greg Albo (Socialist Project, Toronto), Cornelia Hildebrandt (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Die LINKE), Richard D. Wolff and Ruurik Holm; “Understanding and Responding to the Crisis: The Left in Europe and the U.S.” with Walter Baier, William K. Tabb, Jeremy Brecher, Rainer Rilling and João Romão.

The final plenary featured Noam Chomsky, and included a tribute to Howard Zinn from Arundhati Roy and Frances Fox Piven, along with a performance of Zinn’s play “Marx in Soho.” The Zinn tribute and Chomsky’s appearance drew the expected enormous crowds, with people lining up around the block.[2]


Left Forum 2010 contained the following panels:


Exporting the Culture Wars: Who is Spreading Neocolonial Homophobia to Africa and Why: The Public Eye

Africa's Oil Economies - A Mixed Blessing or a Curse?: Global Information Network

Humanitarian Imperialism and Obama's Wars in Africa:

Alternative Development Models for Sub-Saharan Africa: Mobile Economists


Punk Rock: Cultural Space For Transformative Politics?:

Creating Lasting Change Through Radical Theatre:

Redact This! Artists and Writers Against Torture - Art Activism:

Playwrights Rekindle the Radical Imagination:

Art and Aesthetic Experience in the 21st Century: Learning from the Past:

Caribbean Basin

Terrorism Against Cuba and the Case of the Cuban 5: Socialism and Democracy

After the Earthquake: Who's Killing Haiti?:

Haiti's Future: A Grassroots Perspective and Potential of Unified Action:


Recent Transformations in Chinese Marxism:

Chinese Students & Workers Organize at the Grass-Roots: Talking Union

The Causes of Current Crises Breaking Out in China:

The Problems that Chinese Marxists and Leftists Discuss in Today’s China: Chair: Prof. Norman Levine

Debunking the Myth of the “China Model”: Is a radical alternative possible?:

The Influences of the Current Crisis on China and China's Feasible Countermeasures:

The Chinese Proletariat and the State:

Revisiting the Legacy of Women's Liberation in Maoist China:

Culture and Everyday Life

Pro Sports Without Owners?: www.edgeofsports.com

From Roman Gospels to Jewish Shakespeare: Rethinking Our Cultural Paradigms:

No Families, No Justice: Building a Family-Inclusive Left Movement: PM Press

The Mass Psychology of Capitalism: Dialectical Contradictions in the Realm of the Psyche:

America's Two Depressions: One Economic, One Psychological:


Conducting Critical Social Science Research:

Ishay Landa - The Open University, Ra'anana, Israel Paul Paolucci - Eastern Kentucky University Ricardo Dello Buono - Manhattan College

Teaching About Palestine: Radical Teacher

From the Campus to the "Real World": Keeping the Student Activist Spirit Alive Post Graduation:

Academic Repression: Book Talk: Theory and Action Chair: Anthony J. Nocella, II

Dr. Caroline Kaltefleiter - Syracuse University

Educating Youth in These Conservative Times: Cultural-Politics, Possibilities, and Strategies for Improving Urban Schooling:

  • Biany Perez, (Chair) - Arts and Education Program Administrator, Art Sanctuary

Decoteau J. Irby - AAKT (Action, Advocacy, Knowledge, and Training), Concepts LLC Emery Petchauer - Education, Lincoln University Patrick Camangian - Teacher Education, Urban Ed., and Social Justice, University of San Francisco; English Teacher, Mandela High School, Oakland, California

From the Campus to the "Real World": Keeping the Student Activist Spirit Alive Post Graduation: Chair: John Cronan Jr.

The Fight for Public Higher Education in New York City:

PSC-CUNY member, TBA -

Public Education: Privatization and Inequity:

Economics for the Rest of Us: Teaching Economics to Workers:

The Case of California: Coming Soon to Schools Near You:

Politics of the Contemporary American Student Left:

Rethinking Education:

The Fertile Grounds Project: Spaces for Youth To Be Youth/Education Over Indoctrination:

Academic Freedom Under Attack:

"Race to the Top" - Millions of Children Left Behind: Radical Teacher


Capitalism and Toxics Pollution: The Fight for Public Health:

Hydro/Petrol Federal-Corporatism Under Fire:

Nuclear Revival?:

No Fracking Way! The Politics and Ecology of Drilling for Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale:

Climate Change and the Global South: Upcoming World Climate Conference in Bolivia:

Ambassador Pablo Solon, UN Mission of Bolivia

Is Climate Change Hot Enough to Rekindle the Imagination of the Left? (Part I of II): New Politics

Dirty Gas, Oil, and Coal: The Fossil Fuel Problematic and Some Solutions:

Impacts of and Responses to Climate Change:

Organizing for Climate Justice:

Speciesm: The Forgotten Oppression -- Why Should The Left Care?:

Post-Copenhagen Politics of Climate Change: Capitalism Nature Socialism

Why Green Capitalism Can't Solve the Climate Crisis: International Socialist Review

The Urban Industrial Complex and Emergent Forms of Environmentalism:

Is Climate Change Hot Enough to Rekindle the Imagination of the Left? (Part II of II): New Politics


The Logic of Capitalism: Understanding Water, Food, and Environmental Crises:

What Does Sustainable Agriculture Mean? How will we replace the corporate food supply? Can we have clean energy and clean agriculture?====

Parents, Teachers & Students Unite: Health, Sustainability and Social Justice Through the School Food movement====

What does food sovereignty look like? Imagining food sovereignty from a variety of perspectives: Chair: Brenda Biddle


Introductory Session: Gender: Nancy Holmstrom

Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World:

AIDS, Sex and Culture : Global Politics and Survival in Southern Africa -Author Meets Critics:

Feminism and Lesbianism: Bringing Women Together:

Envisioning a Post Sexist Society:

Women, Militancy and Organizing:

Revisiting the Legacy of Women's Liberation in Maoist China: Chair: Di Bai

Health and housing

Direct Action, Self-Determination and the Housing Crisis:

After the Health Reform Debacle: What Direction for Real Health Care Justice?: Physicians for a National Health Program Chair: Martha Livingston

No More Affordable Housing Scams: Community Control of Land in New York City: Progressive Planning

Morbid Symptoms: Health Care Under Capitalism: Socialist Register


Neo-Liberalism, State Repression and the Crisis of Indian Democracy:

Developmental Terrorism in India Today: Sanhati


Imperial Agenda: from Bush to Obama:

Illusions and Interests: Perspectives on American Foreign Policy:

Revolution in Nepal:

Social -Security Systems in Comparison: Europe and the US:

The Right to the City: Global Perspectives:

Crisis and Beyond: Re-evaluating Pakistan:

US Imperialism and Oil Politics: The Middle East, South Asia, and Africa:

International Relations: Urban Guerrilla Movements, Europe and Latin America:

War Crimes and "Change":

Nationalism, Anti-Imperialism, and International Solidarity Today:

Beyond Walls and Cages: Abolitionist Perspectives on Migration & Mass Incarceration:

Leading the Battle against the Present Global Economic Crisis: Greece, Iran, Nigeria:


The Future of Labor in the U.S.:

U.S. Trade Unions and the Global Economic Crisis:

Union Strategies, Poor People's Movements and Crisis:

Clean Energy Transition: Decentralized Worker/Community Control vs. Centralized Corporate/State Control:

Rebel Rank and File:

How Should Friends of Labor on the Left Respond To Conflicts Within and Between Unions?”: WorkingUSA

TBA - Representative of SEIU/Workers United

Struggles of an Independent Radical Union: The Case of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance:

How to Fight Disappearing Jobs and Falling Wages: Labor Strategies in the Epoch of Low-wage Capitalism:

Union Reform from Below: US, Canada and Puerto Rico: Against the Current

Comparative Labor Movements - Strategies and Class Struggles:

http://www.keywiki.org/skins/common/images/button_italic.png Alternative Labor Organizations: Worker Councils and Rank and File Control Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society

Building the Power of Immigrant Workers in NYC's Vast Food Industry:

Telling The Story of Working Class Life, Work, and Organization - In Non-Fiction and Fiction: Monthly Review Press and Cornell ILR Press

Transnational Labor Movements:

The Awesome Power of Union Democracy and its Implications for Dramatic Social Change:

(Kevin) Harry Harrington, Vice President, Transport Workers Union, Local 100 Member, Take Back Our Union

Undermining Capitalism: The Stella D’oro Strike, Committed Art, and Revolutionary Change:

Worker Control: The End of Capitalism or Capitalism's Only Salvation:

Latin America

The Proposal to Launch a Fifth Socialist International: Venezuela Analysis

Lessons from Venezuela: Achievements and Failures:

U.S. Interventionism and Stability in Latin America: Venezuela Analysis

Obama's Militarized Status Quo in Latin America: NACLA Report on the Americas

Latin America: Moving Beyond Neoliberalism:

The Honduran Coup and Its Aftermath: NACLA Report on the Americas

Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoners:

Solidarity in Latin America: Solidarity Economy and Bolivarian Socialism in Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, and Venezuela:

Indigenous Mobilization and Resistance in the Andean Nations: World War 4 Report

Puerto Rico Can't Wait To Be Free:

Marxism and theory

Reimagining Society: The Nature of the Task: Schimmel Z Communications

Imagining Our Way from Here to There:

Introductory Session: Dialectics: Bertell Ollman

Introductory Session: Class: Richard Wolff

A Dialogue on Class: Rethinking Marxism

Post-Identity Politcs:

Going Beyond the Crisis Means Overcoming Commodity Production and Wage Labor:

A Panel Discussion on Anarchism and Marxism:

Revolution and Marxist-Humanism in the 21st Century: On the centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya: News & Letters

The Fate of Socialism:

Envisioning Self-Governance: Z Communications

Rethinking Communism: Debating Badiou's Communist Hypothesis==== Verso Books

A Panel Discussion on Anarchism and Marxism:

Marxism and Anarchism: The Relevance of Radical Traditions Today:

Socialism in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Past: Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation

Alain Badiou's “Politics of Emancipation”: Controversies over the Framework and Future of the Communist Project:

Respondent: John Gerassi, Political Science, Queens College, CUNY

The Future of World Capitalism Book Panel 2: Concepts of Transition:

  • Radhika Desai, (Chair), Politics, University of Manitoba Visiting Fellow, DESTIN, London School of Economics
  • Alan Freeman, University of Manitoba Greater London Authority (personal capacity)
  • Henry Heller, History, University of Manitoba
  • Jack Rasmus, Santa Clara University and Economics and Politics, St. Marys College

Rethinking Historical Materialism : Scottish Origins and Engelsistic Revisions:

New Perspectives on Marx's Concept of Socialism:

Remembering Giovanni Arrighi: Verso Books

Critical Theory and Social Movements:

The Materiality of Nations:

False Alternatives to Capitalism: Proudhonism and its Progeny: Marxist-Humanist Initiative

Passive Revolution and Uneven and Combined Development, 'East' and 'West':

Seeing Marx Anew Via the MEGA Project:

Cooperatives, Class, and Value theory: Rethinking Marxism


Going Undercover: The Yes Men and Gumshoe Journalists Discuss Subterfuge and Satire in Activism and Investigative Journalism: Schimmel

Why Communications and Media Creation Can Forward Social Change: Making Contact, [www.radioproject.org]

Network Failure: The Crisis of America’s Telecommunications Infrastructure:

Online Organizing: The Missed Opportunities and Challenges to Come:

Collaborative Democracy and the Internet: Humanity's Revolutionary Initiative:

The State Of Our Foreign News:

Mass Media, Islam and the War on Terror:

ImMEDIAate Impact: Using Documentaries to organize for a New Progressive Imagination:

Middle East

Afghanistan/Pakistan/Yemen: Obama's New War:

The Green Movement and the Left: Prospects for Democracy in Iran:

Of Drones, Warlords and the Taliban: Ending the U.S./NATO Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Canadian Peace Alliance & Campaign for Peace and Democracy

The Gaza Freedom March: Lessons and Challenges:

Why Are We in Afghanistan?:

Confronting the "Museum of Tolerance" and the Mamilla Cemetery:

Iran: Current State of Affairs:

Afghanistan: Should We Stay or Should We Go? A Critical Conversation: Foreign Policy In Focus

The Left and Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East: Iraq: Platypus

The Left and prospects for democracy in the Middle East: Iran: Platypus

Political and Social Movements

The History of May Day and the 2010 New York May Day March:

Understanding and Responding to the Crisis: The Left in Europe and the U.S.: Transform!

Organizing for the Anti-Capitalist Transition:

Power From Below: Left Forum

Capitalism, Crisis and Alternative Possibilities: Critical Theory and Global Studies Association

Roundtable on Left Strategies in the Core Capitalist Countries: Transform!

Movement Building Spaces and Rekindling the Imagination:

Beyond Fair Trade and Micro-Finance: Gift and Solidarity Economies: [www.otherworldsareposssible.org]

Intellectuals and the Radical Imagination:

How to Make a Revolution in the US:

Capitalism, Crisis and Alternative Possibilities II:

"The Coming Insurrection": Manifestoes, Militancy, and Mobilization: Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination

Left Out: Building Social Movements in a Culture of Isolation:

World Social Forum Politics: Left or Post-Left?:

The Art & Politics of Spectacle – Creating Ethical Spectacles:

Reimagining a New Economic System:

Envisioning Real Utopias: Verso Books

Organizing against Budget Cuts and Austerity in New York City: (Chair) – Doug Singsen, CUNY Campaign to Defend Education, International Socialist Organization

Social Movements And Everyday Life: Critical Sociology

Decline of the European Left and the rise of the Far Right: Chair: Mark Seddon

What Does it Mean to be a Revolutionary in Our Times?:

Socialist Humanism, the Anti-Humanist Turn, and the Consequences for the Left:

The US Social Forum and US Social Movements: The Road from Atlanta to Detroit 2010:

Rethinking America: The Imperial Homeland in the 21st Century:

Horizontalism and Grassroots Democracy in the Americas:

Ten Years Later: Organizers Reflect on the 1999 Seattle WTO Protests: Left Turn

Thinking System From the Grassroots: The Intersection of Theory and Practice in Grassroots Organizing:

Getting from Here to There: Making Radical Visions Reality:

Radical Spaces, Radical City:

New Developments in Solidarity Economy Organizing in the U.S.:

Strategizing to Build Real Self-Governance:

Experiments in Popular Democracy: Is it Really Possible to Democratize the Capitalist State?:

Lessons from Latin American Social Movements for a US in Crisis:

Author meets critics: van der Walt and Schmidt's "Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism":

New Radical Parties and Experiments in Party Building:

We Must Be Good at Learning: Brecht Forum at 35:

Political Economy

Economic Democracy as an alternative to capitalism:

A Radical Project in New Economics: theGiftEconomy.org:

The Case for a NO Growth Economy:

Future of World Capitalism Book Panel 1: New Takes On Old Myths:

Political Economy and the Current Crisis

The Current Economic Crisis and Its Possible Outcomes:

The Fiscal Crises of the States:

The Economic Crisis and Its Impact on the Working Class:

In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives:

The Crisis this Time:

The Crisis and Capital Accumulation: Is the Role of the State Changing?:

The 'PIIGS,' Baltics, and Hungary: Economic Crisis on the EU’s Internal Periphery:

The Crisis That Gives the Capitalist Class Nightmares:

  • Critique
  • Suzi Weisman (Chair) - Politics, Saint Mary's College Of California
  • Michael Hudson - Economics, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Hillel Ticktin - Emeritus Professor Marxist Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Lea Haro - Politics, University of Stirling
  • Jack Rasmus - Politics and Economics, Saint Mary's College of Claifornia

Alternative Perspectives on Marxist Crisis Theory and the Current Economic Crisis:

Economics and Politics of the Current Crisis: Causes and Prospects for the Future:

Prison-Industrial Complex

What Does the Left Need to Know about Prison?:

Criminology and Social Justice: Establishing a Strong Theoretical Foundation:


The Economic Crisis, How it Impacts African Americans and Labor:

Race and Recession: Will a Rising Tide Lift All Boats?:

How Things Change As They Stay The Same: Talking Through Racial Categories, Politics, and Organizing in the 21st Century :

Introductory Session:

Geography of Malcolm X:

Rebuilding the Black Left/Rejuvenating Revolutionary Black Youth:

Rescuing the Concept of Internal Colonialism from the Dustbin of History:

Can the White Left Organize Against Racism in the White Community:

The American Left and the “Black Question”: From Politics to Protest to the Post-Political:

Black Nationalism in the United States:

African Americans and Latinos and the Decolonization of the U.S. Empire in the 21st Century:

The Left in a Post-Racial United States:

The Recession: A Black Left Perspective:

Stand Alone Slide Presentation/Talk on "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918":

The Black Internationale:

New Perspectives from the Black Left:

How Things Change As They Stay The Same: Talking Through Racial Categories, Politics, and Organizing in the 21st Century:

Lynching Then, Lynching Now: Roots of Racism and the Death Penalty in the US:

Radical Black Perspective Panel: Obama, the Crisis of Black Leadership and US Imperialism Running Amuck!:

Author Meets Critic: Climbin' Jacob's Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O'Dell:

Black Youth Looking at the Left:


Progressive Religion and the Fight for Democracy:

Reading the Bible from the Left: The Book of Revelation:

Capitalism, Economy, and Religion: A Christian-Marxist Dialogue:

U.S. Politics

Where's the Outrage?:

What is the Work of the People's Democratic Coalition That Elected Obama:

Right-Wing Populism, Political Economy & Radical Dissent:

The Historical Context of the Politics of WBAI 99.5FM:

The Contours of the New Radical Right :

  • John Mason (Chair)
  • [[Joan Lara Amat y León, University of Barcelona, New School of Social Research
  • [[Charles Laurence, Journalist, First Post, London, UK.
  • Michael Thompson, Associate Professor of Politics, WPU, and Editor of Logos Journal
  • John Mason, Professor of Politics, WPU, Resource Person, Institute of European Studies, University of Paris VIII, France

Whose Quality of Life? - Homeless People, the NYPD, and "Disorderly Conduct:":

Can Progressives Transform the Democratic Party? Power, Class and Politics:

The U.S. Right and the War on Terror:

Can Obama Be Moved? Movement Strategies to Pressure Party Politics:

More than a Year into the Health Reform Debacle: What Direction for Real Health Care Justice?:

Dying for Cool: Case Study on US Militarism and Marketing:

Rejuvenating the Left Critique of the War on Terror:

The Empire Strikes Back: Obama and the Teabaggers - (R)evolution and Counter(R)evolution:

Bush 2.0: Obama’s War at Home and Abroad:

Jobs for All, Legalization for All, a Massive Public Works Program:

Coming to America, Running from Americas: Should the U.S. Owe Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants Coming from Countries Affected by the School of the Americas/WHINSEC?:

Rethinking the National Question in the United States:

The Chickenhawk Syndrome: War, Sacrifice and Personal Responsibility:

Jobs, Social Issues and Ways to Get Out of the Crisis in Europe and USA:

Exonerate The Rosenbergs? Robert & Michael Meeropol React to Morton Sobell and Other New Developments:

Toward a Second [Economic] Bill of Rights:

Organizing Strategies to Combat the Radical Right:

Radicals and NYC Politics:

Fight the Right, Build the Left: Strategy and Tactics for the 2010 Elections:

Fashioning a Left Response to the Tea Party Propaganda Assault: