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Friday, July 1
 

1:00pm CDT

From Civil Rights to Black Power
Speakers
avatar for Haley Pessin

Haley Pessin

Haley Pessin is a member of the International Socialist Organization and Rockland Coalition to End the New Jim Crow.


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Grant Park A

1:00pm CDT

Trotsky on Fascism
The rise of a militant right in response to the economic crisis and its corresponding xenophobia has pushed the specter of fascism into political discourse. This talk looks at fascism in Germany in the 1930s and why it succeeded there. We will look at the conditions that give rise to fascism, where it gets its support, and then using Trotsky's analysis and methods provide a method for defeating it.

Suggested Readings:
Fascism: What it is and how to fight it by Leon Trotsky
The Stuggle Against Fascism in Germany by Leon Trotsky 

Speakers
avatar for Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts is a founding member of International Socialist Organization and a board member of the Interational Socialist Review.


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Clark C

1:00pm CDT

Toussaint L'Overture and the Haitian Revolution
The Haitian Revolution stands as the first and only successful slave revolution of its kind in history. Why were the African slaves successful in the most prosperous and important colony of the French Empire? Who was Toussaint L'Overture, the slave who became a military leader and ruler of the colony that would become the free Black Republic of Haiti? 

Suggested Readings:
The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
Avengers of the New World by Laurent Dubois
Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic by Ashli White
"The Black Jacobins" ISR Review by Ashley Smith
"Revolutions" Podcast, by Mike Duncan 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ehrenreich

Michael Ehrenreich

Michael Ehrenreich is an activist and organizer in Chicago.


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
DuSable C

1:00pm CDT

After the Revolution: What Would Socialism Look Like?
Socialism is the transitional period from capitalism to a class-free society. The process of revolution and the development of workers democracy is necessary in order to transform the social relations of production to meet the needs of working people and prepare them to "become fit to rule". This talk will provide a framework for imagining a future socialist society based on the concrete tasks required to undo the horrors of capitalism. 

Suggested Readings:
Socialism . . . Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation by Danny Katch
Imagine: Living in a Socialist U.S.A. edited by Francses Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Jessica Hansen-Weaver is a clinical social worker in San Francisco, providing mental health services to homeless adults. She has been an activist and member of the ISO in the Bay Area for 12 years.


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Grant Park B

1:00pm CDT

How Marx Became a Marxist
Many self-described Marxists and anti-Marxists alike view Marxism as a static dogma that requires careful indoctrination or an intellectual perspective best left to academics. But an examination of the development of Marx's own thought presents a different picture of what it means to become and be a Marxist. That picture shows Marxism as a method of forging ideas, events, and experiences in the world into a force for the revolutionary self-emancipation of the working class, or in Harry Braverman's words, "a theory of revolution and thus a tool of combat.” 

Suggested Readings:
The Meaning of Marxism by Paul D'Amato
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, edited and annotated by Phil Gasper (Haymarket Books, 2005).

Speakers
avatar for Katie Feyh

Katie Feyh

Katie is a longtime socialist and activist who has participated in anti-death penalty, pro-LGBTQ, pro-Palestinian, and pro-worker struggles, among others. She works as a Senior Lecturer in Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University.


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Field B

1:00pm CDT

What Do Socialists Say about Violence?
Is revolution necessarily a violent process? Why do socialists oppose pacifism as a strategy for all situations? How is the violence of the oppressor different from the violence of the oppressed?

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Achin

Amanda Achin

Amanda Achin is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Boston, MA. 
avatar for Julian Guerrero

Julian Guerrero

Julian Guerrero is a member of the NYC-Queens branch of the International Socialist Organization. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Julian has participated in several social movements and has written several articles for Socialist Worker. In 2014, Julian was one of the campaign managers... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Adler A/B

1:00pm CDT

Introduction to Social Reproduction Theory
This talk will discuss the role of women's oppression under capitalism, and explore the role that (typically unpaid) domestic labor, and what Marx called the “reproduction of labor power,” plays in the capitalist economy. This talk will cover basics of the theory of social reproduction, drawing from Lise Vogel, Friedrich Engels, and other current authors.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Muldoon

Jessie Muldoon

Jessie is a long time public school teacher and union activist. She has written on education, labor, and women's oppression for Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review.She is a contributor to 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History and Edu... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Clark A/B

3:00pm CDT

The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto describes the materialist conception of history, the class struggle between the working class and capitalism and the relationship of communists to the working class.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/

Speakers
avatar for Laura Snedeker

Laura Snedeker

Laura is a member of the ISO in Chicago.


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Clark C

3:00pm CDT

Capitalism 101
This talk will lay out the basic Marxist understanding of why capitalism works the way it does. It will focus on why the free-market theory of capitalism is wrong, and how class relations under capitalism affect the political struggle between workers and capital. 

Speakers
avatar for Jonah Birch

Jonah Birch

Jonah Birch is an activist, a writer, and a contributing editor at Jacobin magazine.
avatar for Paul Heideman

Paul Heideman

Paul Heideman is a graduate student in Sociology at New York University. His work has appeared in Jacobin, Historical Materialism, and International Socialist Review.


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
DuSable C

3:00pm CDT

Egypt's Counterrevolution

Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Grant Park A

3:00pm CDT

Who's Afraid of BDS?: Israel's War on Palestinian rights
Speakers
avatar for Ali Abunimah

Ali Abunimah

Co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada and the author of recently released The Battle for Justice in Palestine. He has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Grant Park B

3:00pm CDT

What Do Socialists Say about Borders?
Today's militarized borders are responsible for violence and death on a horrific scale. This talk will make the case for open borders by looking at the current ways borders are used to control and weaken the working class internationally. 

Suggested Readings:
No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S-Mexico Border by Mike Davis and Justin Akers Chacón
 

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Fleury

Hannah Fleury

Hannah is a socialist activist from in NYC.


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Field B

3:00pm CDT

What Do Socialists Say about Capitalism, Socialism, and Human Nature?
People who want to end exploitation, oppression, poverty, and war are regularly told that fundamental change is impossible because of human nature. Human beings, it is claimed, are naturally selfish, competitive, and aggressive. But is there any evidence that these familiar claims about human nature are actually true?

Suggested Readings:
What Do Socialists Say About Human Nature?” by Elizabeth Terzakis
Is Biology Destiny?” by Phil Gasper
Genes, Evolution, and Human Nature” by Phil Gasper

Speakers
avatar for Phil Gasper

Phil Gasper

Phil Gasper is editor of The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document (Haymarket Books, 2005) and on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review. He frequently writes about Marxism and science.


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Clark A/B

3:00pm CDT

The History of Black Feminism
This talk will uncover the history of Black feminists and demonstrate how these women were integrated in international socialist and working class struggles from below. More concretely, the conversation will highlight the role that Black women activists and theoreticians played in shaping and radicalizing social movements throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Suggested Readings: 
"Black feminism and intersectionality," article by Sharon Smith;
"Women, Race, and Class" book by Angela Davis;
"Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist" book by Claudia Jones;
"Lemonade" music video film by Beyoncé;
"A Place of Rage," film by Pratibha Parmar;
"The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975," film by Göran Olsson;
The Combahee River Collective (left-wing organization of Black feminists in the 1970s) 

Speakers
avatar for Edna Bonhomme

Edna Bonhomme

Edna Bonhomme is an activist and doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Adler A/B

4:30pm CDT

Friday Dinner
Friday July 1, 2016 4:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
TBA

7:30pm CDT

Black Education Matters
The struggle for education has been a part of every major uprising for racial justice that Black people have engaged in throughout U.S. history. Today, the Black Lives Matter movement is arising in the context of a massive corporate education reform agenda which is cloaked in the language of civil rights yet promotes policies that maintain institutional racism and the school-to-prison-pipeline. The contradictions of unhinged police murder of Black people in the "land of the free," coupled with corporate education reformers' racist schooling policies in the name of "closing the achievement gap," are producing the beginning of a new social movements for racial justice.

1) Teach Freedom: Education for Liberation in the African-American Tradition
2) Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California
3) What's Race Got To Do With it: How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the co-adviser to the Black Student Union at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013, and is an editor for "Rethinking Schools" magazine. Jesse is the editor of, and contributing author to, "More Than a Score... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Adler A/B

7:30pm CDT

Toward Justice: The Case for Black/Palestine Solidarity
Speakers
avatar for Ali Abunimah

Ali Abunimah

Co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada and the author of recently released The Battle for Justice in Palestine. He has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is... Read More →
avatar for Sofia Arias

Sofia Arias

Sofia Arias is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Boston.
avatar for Kristian Davis Bailey

Kristian Davis Bailey

Kristian Davis Bailey is a Detroit-based freelance writer and organizer. His work has focused on intersections between the Black and Palestinian struggles, Black internationalism, and issues in Detroit. He has written for Ebony, Colorlines, Al Jazeera English, and Truthout, and is... Read More →
avatar for Khury Petersen-Smith

Khury Petersen-Smith

Khury is an activist in the ISO who lives in Boston. He has written about Black and Palestinian liberation and US empire for Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review. He co-authored the “Black Statement of Solidarity With Palestine” in 2015, which was signed by over 1,100 Black activists, artists, and scholars... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Grant Park A

7:30pm CDT

1903-17: The Rise of Bolshevism
The Bolshevik Party stands along in leading a successful working-class revolution, even if it lasted for only a short time. Long vilified by conservatives and liberals alike, a debate has recently erupted among revolutionaries questioning whether the Bolshevik model remains relevant today. Some go so far as to question if there was any distinct Bolshevik model in the first place. This talk will argue affirmatively on both counts. 

Suggested Readings:
Revolutionary Parliamentarism: Lenin, the Bolsheviks, and the Electoral Arena by Todd Chretien, International Socialist Review

Speakers
avatar for Todd Chretien

Todd Chretien

Frequent contributor to Socialist Worker newspaper and the International Socialist Review. Editor of Haymarket Books edition of Lenin's State and Revolution.


Friday July 1, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Clark A/B

7:30pm CDT

Democracy Now!: Twenty years of Covering the Movements Changing America
Speakers
avatar for Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,200 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Grant Park C/D

7:30pm CDT

Capitalism, Migration, and Refugees Today
In the midst of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, Western leaders have consigned millions of migrants and refugees to abject misery and even death, while the right is capitalizing on fears of a "Muslim menace" to whip up a new round of anti-immigrant scapegoating. This talk will put forward a Marxist analysis of what's driving the global refugee crisis and the kind of solidarity that can demand justice for immigrants and refugees. 

Suggested Readings:
The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis by Patrick Kingsley 
"The 'crisis' of the European border regime: Towards a Marxist theory of borders" in Migrants versus Borders, International Socialism Journal, Issue 150; 
 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Colson

Nicole Colson

Nicole Colson is a reporter for Socialist Worker newspaper writing on topics including the opioid crisis, civil liberties, and women's rights. Her work has appeared at Jacobin, Truthout, the International Socialist Review, and more.


Friday July 1, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Clark C
 
Saturday, July 2
 

9:30am CDT

What Do We Talk about When We Talk about 'Culture'?: Culture in the Marxist Tradition
Culture is a concept notoriously difficult to define. What is culture? What isn't culture? This talk will explore the development of culture as an important theoretical concept within the Marxist tradition beyond its common identification with the “fine arts.” 

Suggested Readings:
Raymond Williams, "Culture [Marx on Culture]," in Marx: The First Hundred Years, edited by David McLennan (1983), pp. 15-55.

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Grant Park C

9:30am CDT

Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill
The talk will explore how capitalism, the crucible of much mental illness, benefits from medical and pharmaceutical treatments and ignores the social causes of suffering. The result is a history of under- and mis-treatment and misunderstanding of mental illness in society.

Suggested Readings:
Mad in America: Bad Medicine, Bad Science, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker
The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease by Jonathan Metzl
Talks on Mental Illness on We Are Many.org
Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism

Speakers
avatar for Dana Cloud

Dana Cloud

Dana Cloud is a professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. She is the author of two books, one on the role of democratic unionism in the future of the labor movement (We ARE the Union, Illinois, 2011). She is a longtime member of the International Socialist... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Grant Park A

9:30am CDT

The Politics of Afro-Pessimism
Many activists are drawn to Afro-pessimism as an explanation for the persistence of racism in America (and the world). This talk will explore both what is useful about Afro-pessimist thinkers and critique some of the implications of Afro-pessimist thought for anti-racist struggle today.
 

Speakers
avatar for Snehal Shingavi

Snehal Shingavi

Snehal Shingavi is associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, received his PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught previously at Notre Dame de Namur University and the University of Mary Washington. He is a long-time social... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Grant Park B

9:30am CDT

Deporter-in-Chief: The Sorry Truth About 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'
Historically, Obama's reputation as a deporter in chief is not surprising given the Democratic Party's historical role in enforcing punitive immigration policy. Yet how did the Democrats move from being the champions of immigration reform in 2006 to mass deportations today? We will discuss the role of US political parties and the politics of immigrant rights movements in the US to understand where we are today.

Books:
Reform Without Justice by Alfonso Gonzalez
No One is Illegal by Mike Davis and Justin Akers Chacon
The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa

Articles:
When Immigrants Marched Out of the Shadows by Bridget Broderick and Orlando Sepulveda
https://socialistworker.org/2016/03/28/immigrants-marching-out-of-the-shadows

The Ugly Business of Immigrant Detention by Lupita Romero
https://socialistworker.org/2015/06/22/the-ugly-business-of-immigrant-detention

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Broderick

Bridget Broderick

Bridget Broderick has been a socialist in the ISO for over 20 years. She has organized in Chicago around immigrant rights and against the criminal injustice system. She is working with other socialists and activists to learn more about the history of disability rights and theories... Read More →
avatar for Denise Romero

Denise Romero

Denise is from Mexico, now living in Queens, New York. She is an immigrant rights organizer involved in campaigns and coalitions against deportations. She's a member of the Queens branch of the International Socialist Organization and writes for Socialist Worker.


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Adler A/B

9:30am CDT

Bolshevism and National Liberation Revisited
This presentation examines some of the major debates on national liberation between non-Russian Marxists and Bolsheviks in the Tsarist Empire, a multinational state in which dominated nationalities made up a majority of the population, as well as a majority of socialists. Both V. I. Lenin and the political currents to which he belonged were initially less sympathetic to national aspirations than has usually been assumed. Only after years of experience in struggle did the Bolsheviks eventually adopt an effective strategy for national liberation.

Suggested Readings:
 
Anti-imperial Marxism: Borderland socialists and the evolution 
of Bolshevism on national liberation” by Eric Blanc, International Socialist Review #100

National Liberation and Bolshevism reexamined: A view from the borderlands” by Eric Blanc

Speakers
avatar for Eric Blanc

Eric Blanc

Eric Blanc is an activist and historian based out of Oakland, California. He is the author of of “Anti-imperial Marxism: Borderland socialists and the evolution 
of Bolshevism on national liberation” (International Socialist Review, Issue #100) and the forthcoming monograph, Anti-Colonial Marxism: Oppression & Revolution in the Tsarist Borderlands, 1881-1917 (Historical Materialism Book Series, Brill Publishers... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field A

9:30am CDT

Marx's Theory of Crisis
One of capitalism's most fundamental characteristics is its frequent descent into crisis. Nevertheless, crisis alone has not ended capitalism. In fact, the global 1% consistently resolves crisis on the backs of working people. This talk explores Marxist explanations of capitalist crises in order to better understand why they happen.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Zarley

Jesse Zarley

Jesse is a long-time socialist activist who has organized for social justice in Wisconsin, D.C., and Maryland. He is currently a history graduate student studying indigenous history in Chile and Argentina.


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field C

9:30am CDT

Israel: Apartheid State
Speakers
avatar for Lichi D'Amelio

Lichi D'Amelio

Lichi is a NYC-based activist.


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
DuSable C

9:30am CDT

Bases, Straits, and Islands: Imperialist Conflict in the Pacific
The U.S. is carrying out a new geopolitical and military strategy in the Asia-Pacific region called the Pivot to Asia. Through this strategy, the U.S. is leading a new round of nationalism, militarization, and conflict in the region as the U.S. and its allies rally against the rise of China. This talk discusses the goals of the Pivot to Asia, what is happening in the Pacific as a result, and how it can be stopped.

Suggested Readings:
U.S. imperialism's Pivot to Asia” by Ashley Smith, International Socialist Review.

Speakers
avatar for Khury Petersen-Smith

Khury Petersen-Smith

Khury is an activist in the ISO who lives in Boston. He has written about Black and Palestinian liberation and US empire for Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review. He co-authored the “Black Statement of Solidarity With Palestine” in 2015, which was signed by over 1,100 Black activists, artists, and scholars... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Clark A/B

9:30am CDT

Inside Putin's Russia
Speakers

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Burnham A/B/C

9:30am CDT

How the Russian Revolution Was Lost
The successful October Revolution of 1917 marks the high point of the working class movement. But a few short years later it was hollowed out, and within a decade became a totalitarian regime. This discussion will focus on the material conditions that shaped the decline and counterrevolution in Russia.  

Suggested Readings:
Year One of the Russian Revolution by Victor Serge (Haymarket Books 2015).

Speakers
avatar for Amy Muldoon

Amy Muldoon

Amy Muldoon is a long-time socialist and union activist living in Queens, NY. A steward in CWA, she has been building the Verizon Strike Solidarity Committee for the ongoing strike. Her writings can be found in Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Clark C

9:30am CDT

Seven Shocking Facts You Need to Know about Hillary Clinton
With the threat of Donald Trump moving into the White House, the heat is on activists and the left to support the Democratic Party candidate. But does the Democratic Party establishment's choice, Hillary Clinton, really deserve your vote? What is her record? Does she represent a departure from what some see as the “liberal heart” of the Democratic Party? What would a Clinton White House look like?

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Schulte

Elizabeth Schulte

Elizabeth Schulte is a journalist for Socialist Worker, writing frequently on the Democratic Party and Election 2016, as well as women’s liberation. 


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
DuSable A/B

9:30am CDT

Have Women Always Been Oppressed?
It's often argued that women's oppression has existed throughout all of human history. Arguments about biology, psychology and human nature are constantly marshaled to justify women's subordination, explaining it as a natural result of inherent male dominance and competition. But is gendered oppression inevitable? This talk will argue against those claims, proving that the oppression of women is not inescapable and has not always existed. It will discuss how Marxists have approached the question, and finally, will insist that we can build a better world free of all forms of gendered oppression.

Women and Socialism (Sharon Smith), Myths of Male Dominance (Eleanor Burke Leacock), The Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State (Engels)

Speakers
avatar for Nisha Bolsey

Nisha Bolsey

Nisha Bolsey is a socialist based in Chicago.


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field B

11:30am CDT

Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System
Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines the latest scientific findings about the causes and consequences of the Anthropocene, and the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. This is the first North American presentation of Ian Angus' new book Facing the Anthropocene, published by Monthly Review Press.

Suggested Readings:
Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capital ism and the Crisis of the Earth System by Ian Angus (Monthly Review, 2016)

Speakers
avatar for Ian Angus

Ian Angus

Ian Angus is editor of the online ecosocialist journal Climate & Capitalism. His new book, ​​Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System (Monthly Review Press) has been praised as a “crucial political intervention” by Michael Lebowitz, as “an outstanding contribution” by Michael Lowy, and as “the most up-to-date... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grant Park C

11:30am CDT

Detroit and Capitalist Abandonment
Detroit is a loser in the New World Economic Order proclaimed by Bush.. Why Detroit? How did the League of Revolutionary Black Workers struggle against this phenomenon? What aspects of their experience is relevant for us today.

Suggested Readings:
Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution by Dan Georgakis and Marvin Surkin
Symposium on Detroit and Greece in Situations, Vol. VI, #1 & 2, spring 2016. Participants: Dan Georgakas, Diane Feeley, Peter Bratis, Michael Pelias, Kistin Lawler.
Film: Finally Got the News.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Georgakas

Dan Georgakas

Georgakas has written extensively about Detroit and labor radicalism. See Detroit: I Do Mind Dying; My Detroit: Growing Up Greek & American in Motor City, and Solidarity Forever: An Oral History of the IWW


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grant Park A

11:30am CDT

Empire Without Colonies?: The Emergence of the U.S. as a World Power
Whereas the French, British, and other empires involved seizing vast swathes of the world's territories--and peoples--as colonies, the United States became an imperial power in a different era and in slightly different ways. This talk looks at the history of the US' rise as a world power, which involved establishing its own colonies, wars of conquest and occupation, and other strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Akunna Eneh

Akunna Eneh

Akunna Eneh is a member of the ISO in Boston and a librarian.
avatar for Alessandro Tinonga

Alessandro Tinonga

Alessandro Tinonga is member of the ISO and an activist in the Bay Area.  He writes about labor, anti-racist movements, and Oakland politics for SocialistWorker.org.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field C

11:30am CDT

Marxism and Orientalism
Speakers
avatar for Gilbert Achcar

Gilbert Achcar

Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, and is currently Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His latest books are: The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2010); Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism (2013); The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (2013); and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising (2016... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field A

11:30am CDT

Marxism, Determination, and Freedom
Marx devoted his writing and his life as a revolutionary to the liberation of humanity from the oppression and exploitation of capitalism--to creating a society "in which the free development of each is the condition of the free development of all." At the same time, Marx argued that humanity cannot liberate itself through the power of thought alone: "it is not the consciousness of [human beings] that determines their existence but their social existence that determines their consciousness." This talk will explore the relationship between these two aspects of Marx's thinking. It will address assertions that Marxism is "deterministic" and assess Marx's claim that "human beings make their own history" but not under conditions and circumstances of their own choosing. It will emphasize the relevance of Marx's theoretical analysis to today's political struggles.

Marx, "The German Ideology," "Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts: Preface to a Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy"
Paul D'Amato, "The Meaning of Marxism," chapters 2 and 3

Speakers
avatar for Bill Keach

Bill Keach

Bill Keach teaches in the English Department at Brown University. He has written frequently for the International Socialist Review and is the editor of Leon Trotsky's "Literature and Revolution" and of Giuliana Sgrena's "Friendly Fire," both published by Haymarket.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
DuSable C

11:30am CDT

Reform or Revolution: Can Capitalism Evolve Toward Socialism?
Bernie Sanders' campaign has brought the ideas of socialism back into the political mainstream. But how can we win it—especially given the stranglehold of the U.S. two-party system? 

Suggested Readings:
The Essential Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution and The Mass Strike by Rosa Luxemburg, edited by Helen Scott
Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate edited by Howie Hawkins 

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

Author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States. She is also the author of Women and Socialism: Essays on Women’s Liberation, and the thoroughly revised second edition, Women and Socialism: Class, Race and Capital to be published in July 2015. She is also a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C

11:30am CDT

Trotsky's Their Morals and Ours
Leon Trotsky's essay “Their Morals and Ours” is a classic defense of revolution and Marxist explanation of the material and class basis of morality. This talk will look at the arguments Trotsky confronted in his time and the moral questions facing people who want to change the world today. 

Suggested Readings:
Their Morals and Ours” by Leon Trotsky


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
DuSable A/B

11:30am CDT

Will the European Union Crack Up?
Whatever the outcome of the British referendum on EU membership, the crisis of the EU will continue, most obviously in relation to the Euro and mass migration. Socialists should welcome this, as the history of the EU demonstrates that it is not in any sense a friend of the working class, but a structurally undemocratic institution which is inherently racist to those outside its borders. This talk will argue that, instead of pretending that the EU can be reformed, the Left should seek to seize the initiative from its right-wing populist opponents by building cross-border solidarity from below.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson lectures in Sociology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He is author of six books, including the Deutscher-Prize winning Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? (2012), and, most recently, Nation-States: ... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grant Park B

11:30am CDT

Brazil at the Precipice: Crisis and Resistance in the Global South
This talk outlines the rise and fall of the left neoliberalism of the Workers' Party in Brazil, the current political crisis, and the prospects for resistance.

Suggested Readings:
Crisis in Brazil” by Perry Anderson (London Review of Books, April 2016).
Brazil's Dance with the Devil (Updated Olympics Edition)The World Cup, the Olympics, & The Fight for Democracy by Dave Zirin 
Crisis and Contradiction Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Political Economy edited by Susan Spronk and Jeffery Webber
 

Speakers
avatar for Sean Purdy

Sean Purdy

Sean Purdy is a long-time socialist activist in Canada and Brazil. He teaches the history of workers' and social movements at the University of São Paulo.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Clark C

11:30am CDT

1917: How the Bolsheviks Became a Revolutionary Party
The October revolution in Russia in 1917 saw the successful taking of power by the Russian working class, led by the Bolshevik Party. Workers were in power and ran society. What make this revolution unique from all other revolutions of the 20th Century through to today? This talk will address why the lessons of the Bolshevik Party still matter for revolutionaries today.

Film: October by Sergei Eisenstein; ISR03: 80 Years Since the Russian Revolution

Speakers
avatar for Alpana Mehta

Alpana Mehta

Alpana Mehta is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Boston.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field B

11:30am CDT

The Origins of the Police in the U.S.
We will examine the origins of the police, how the institution has evolved since its earliest days, and whose interests they serve. We will also discuss strategies for combating police violence and abuse.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Stark

Mike Stark

Mike is a member of the ISO and a long time criminal (in)justice activist. He lives in Maryland.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Adler A/B

11:30am CDT

1:00pm CDT

Saturday Lunch
Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
TBA

2:00pm CDT

Sexuality and Socialism: The Theory and Politics of LGBTQ Liberation
Despite winning major victories in recent years, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people still face high levels of systemic violence and discrimination. This talk will examine the origins of LGBT oppression from a Marxist perspective and highlight the history of queer struggles past and present that can teach us about the ongoing fight for LGBT liberation today.

Stonewall Uprising
How to Survive a Plague 
Sexuality and Socialism

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Bianchi

Lauren Bianchi

Lauren has organized around reproductive justice and sexual assault in Chicago, holds a Gender and Women's Studies degree from the University of Illinois Chicago, and is a member of the ISO.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Adler A/B

2:00pm CDT

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Speakers
avatar for Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor

Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Black... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C

2:00pm CDT

Slave Rebellions from Stono to Nat Turner
From the earliest years of enslavement in North America, Africans fought back and also debated the best ways to resist. This talk will focus on the most militant form of resistance -- collective revolt -- including the course and consequences of some major revolts and, as far as we can reconstruct them, the ideas that led the rebels to rise up in the ways they did.

Herbert Aptheker - American Negro Slave Revolts.
David Walker - Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World.

Speakers
avatar for David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse

David is a socialist activist in Oakland. He's currently working on a book about the origins of the police.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
DuSable C

2:00pm CDT

The Enemy of My Enemy: Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism Today
There is enormous confusion on the left today about the nature of imperialism and anti-imperialism. Some rightly oppose the U.S. but wrongly support its rivals like China and Russia or even regimes like that of Bashar al-Assad in Syria as an alternative. This talk will argue that the left should oppose both greater and lesser imperial powers as well as reactionary dictatorships and instead stand in solidarity with the struggle of oppressed nations and workers for self-emancipation. 

Suggested Readings:
The Asymmetric World Order,” by Ashley Smith, in International Socialist Review #100
Lenin and Bukharin on Imperialism,” by Phil Gasper, in International Socialist Review #100 
Marxism and War,” by Joel Geier, in International Socialist Review #8
Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism Today,” with Neil Davidson and Miriyam Asfar (YouTube video).
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by V. I. Lenin
Imperialism and the World Economy by Nikholai Bukharin
Imperialism and Global Political Economy by Alex Callinicos 

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith is on the Editorial Board of the International Socialist Review and is a frequent contributor to the journal. He also writes for Socialist Worker and other publications. He is member of the International Socialist Organization in Burlington, Vermont. 


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grant Park A

2:00pm CDT

The Struggle to Rebuild a Fighing Labor Movement
Speakers
avatar for Larry Bradshaw

Larry Bradshaw

Larry Bradshaw is the San Francisco Vice President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021. He is a paramedic in San Francisco, a member of the Change 1021 reform group that won election in the local in 2010, and a longtime member of the International Socialist... Read More →
avatar for Kirstin Roberts

Kirstin Roberts

Kirstin Roberts is a longterm member of the International Socialist Organization. She is also an early childhood educator and activist in the Chicago Teachers Union.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Clark A/B

2:00pm CDT

Marx and the 'Dictatorship of the Proletariat'
Speakers
avatar for brian bean

brian bean

brian bean is a Chicago-based activist and contributor to Socialist Worker.org and Jacobin magazine.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Clark C

2:00pm CDT

Lenin's Left Wing Communism
Speakers
avatar for Scott McLemee

Scott McLemee

Columnist for Inside Higher Ed and Book Editor for Jacobin. McLemee’s reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe,Nation, Newsday, and numerous other publications.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Field B

2:00pm CDT

The Flight of Nez Perce
After the Civil War, U.S. policy was to force all Indians to live on reservations. In 1877, a group of Nez Perce Indians attempted to escape to Canada, fighting off hundreds of American troops over a 1,500-mile chase through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, besting U.S. forces in every military engagement except the last—and finally surrendering thirty miles from the Canadian border. The Nez Perce War is one of the most famous wars in the history of conquest of indigenous peoples on this continent by the United States.

"Flight of the Nez Perce," International Socialist Review
Review by Paul D'Amato
http://isreview.org/issue/73/flight-nez-perce

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Scott

Sasha Scott

Sasha is a member of the International Socialist Organization living in Boston.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
DuSable A/B

2:00pm CDT

The Revolutionary Internationalism of Ricardo Flores-Magón
During the period of the Mexican Revolution, Ricardo Flores Magón and the Mexican Liberal Party built the first significant cross-border organization dedicated to international solidarity and anti-capitalism. Magonismo also became the foundation for radical politics for Mexican and Chicano working class movements in the United States. This talk will explore the development and evolution of Magonismo in the context of the rising workers' movement, the Mexican Revolution, and the cross-border experiences of Mexican workers in the United States.


Speakers
avatar for Justin Akers-Chacón

Justin Akers-Chacón

Justin Akers Chacón is an activist, writer, and educator in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. His forthcoming book is called Radicals in The Barrio: Magonistas, Socialists, Wobblies, and Communists in the Mexican-American working class. His previous work includes No One is Illegal... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Field C

2:00pm CDT

Eugene Debs and the U.S. Socialist Tradition
Eugene Debs, as James Cannon said, did more to "Americanize Socialism" than
anyone else. He was a union man who came to join the Socialist Party, a party whose membership at one point stood at 130,000 members. He spoke with biting sarcasm about the Capitalist class and was beloved amoung workers. Come learn about his important influcence in the formation of the first Socialist Party in America.

Speakers
avatar for Marlene Martin

Marlene Martin

Marlene Martin is a longstanding member of the International Socialist Organization and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. She has contributed articles to the New Abolitionist and to Socialist Worker.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grant Park C

2:00pm CDT

Revolutionaries on Campus: The Student Movement in the 1930s
In the midst of the labor upsurge of the Great Depression, radical college students built a mass movement on campuses across the U.S. which fought for economic empowerment and political freedoms, won many significant victories, and linked the student rebellion to the working class struggle. Their militancy, organization, and trenchant critique of capitalist society posed an increasing threat to the system. How did these students do it, and what do they have to teach us? Why did their movement fall apart in the end? Check out this talk to unpack these vital questions.

Speakers
avatar for Dorian Bon

Dorian Bon

Dorian Bon is a socialist activist in New York City. He writes for Socialist Worker.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grant Park B

2:00pm CDT

Better Call Saul: The Political Legacy of Saul Alinsky on Labor and Community Organizing
We will offer a critical perspective on the Saul Alinsky's classic "Rules of Radicals" from the Left.

* _Rules for Radicals_ by Saul Alinsky
* _"Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder_ by V. I. Lenin

Speakers
avatar for Jon Kurinsky

Jon Kurinsky

Jon Kurinsky is a member of the International Socialist Organization and writer based in Chicago.
avatar for Aaron Petkov

Aaron Petkov

Aaron is an activist, writer, and technology worker living in Brooklyn.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Field A

4:00pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Slavery and the Origins of Racism
This session will uncover the history of racism in America and how this legacy continues to shape our understanding of its persistence under capitalism.

Capitalism and Slavery (Eric Williams)
Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States of America (Barbara Fields, article, can be found online)
Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life (Karen Fields and Barbara Fields)

Speakers
avatar for Ream Kidane

Ream Kidane

Ream Kidane is an anti-racist activist and long-time member of the Rochester branch of the International Socialist Organization.  


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
DuSable A/B

4:00pm CDT

Rank-and-File Trade Unionism
The presentation will explain why socialists see rank and file workplace militancy as not only the most effective trade union politics, but as integral to the long term goal of fundamental transformation of society. It will draw from current and historical lessons of organized socialists who have operated toward these ends, with a goal of facilitating discussion on the challenges that current activists face.

These are some articles on the topic by various socialists
http://isreview.org/issue/78/marxism-unions-and-class-struggle
https://socialistworker.org/2013/09/27/building-rank-and-file-power
https://www.marxists.org/archive/draper/1970/tus/1-marx-tus.htm
http://johnmolyneux.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/marxism-and-trade-unionism.html
http://isj.org.uk/the-rank-and-file-and-the-trade-union-bureaucracy/
https://www.solidarity-us.org/rankandfilestrategy
http://www.marxisthistory.org/history/usa/unions/tuel/1922/0300-foster-tuelprinciples.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Kosuth

Dennis Kosuth

Dennis Kosuth is a socialist and a member of the Chicago Teachers' Union.


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
DuSable C

4:00pm CDT

The Industrial Workers of the World, Syndicalism, and Marxism
Revolutionary unionists and socialists worked side-by-side in the early 20th century to develop tactics and formulate principles by which to organize working people regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender to fight a brutally oppressive and exploitative society. Historical events and the development of capitalism laid out political questions, the potential for confronting exploitation and oppression, and the reality of reorganizing society on a global scale. Join us in unraveling the rich history of the IWW, Syndicalism, and Marxism of the early 20th Century and the lessons for us today.

"Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder

Speakers
avatar for Ann Coleman

Ann Coleman

Ann is a socialist and architect. Her first labor solidarity work was at a meatpacking plant in eastern Washington. Two decades later, she's hopeful about the working class building a mass movement with social, political, and economic weight from below.
avatar for Chris Zimmerly-Beck

Chris Zimmerly-Beck

Chris is a union organizer and member of the ISO from the Pacific Northwest.


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Field C

4:00pm CDT

Imperialism and the Rise of Political Islam
Speakers
avatar for Wael Elasady

Wael Elasady

Wael Elasady is a Palestinian born in Damascus, Syria. He is a member of the International Socialist Organization and co-founder of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights.


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Grant Park B

4:00pm CDT

Native Americans and Capitalism: Primitive Accumulation, Dispossession, and Wage Labor
Coercion, violence, genocide, and war against Indigenous populations were central components of the birth of the capitalist mode of production. As land was privatized and commodified, it became a central force of capitalist development, production and wealth, (alongside slavery and wage labor) for the U.S. nation-state. People were ripped from the land and their means of sustenance, and this process has turned the vast majority of people into exploited wage laborers where wealth has been concentrated into the top of US society. What has this process looked like for Native Americans and Indigenous Nations in the United States? How should issues of class oppression and exploitation be understood alongside fighting for Indigenous sovereignty, against further dispossession, and for Native American self-determination?

Suggested Readings:
Chapter 27 of Capital by Karl Marx (Vol. 1, 1867).
Chapter 31 of Capital by Karl Marx (Vol. 1, 1867).

On Stolen Land: Primitive Accumulation and the Dispossession of Native Americans,” a talk at Socialism 2015 by Ragina Johnson.

Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation” (video) by VICE News.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4uGCj6knVw

Native Americans and Wage Labor: Ethnohistorical Perspectives, edited by Alice Littlefield and Martha C. Knack (University of Oklahoma Press, 1996).

The Work of Sovereignty: Tribal Labor Relations and Self-Determination at the Navajo Nation by David Kamper (School for Advanced Research Press, 2010).

Speakers
avatar for Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson is Native American Marxist, member of the ISO, and author in the Bay Area. She writes and speaks about Native American resistance and politics, particularly in relation to climate justice. She has been active in movements for LGBTQ Liberation, Palestinian Solidarity... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Adler A/B

4:00pm CDT

Land Grabs and Big Oil: The Looting of Africa
From slavery and colonialism to the present day, Africa's natural resources have been looted for profit. Today a "new scramble for Africa" for oil, minerals and land is fueling imperial competition between the U.S., China and other major powers, and a growing militarization of the continent.


Speakers
avatar for Lee Wengraf

Lee Wengraf

Lee Wengraf is a socialist in New York City organizing against mass incarceration and police violence. Her writing has appeared in the New Abolitionist, the Real Cost of Prisons Project, Socialist Worker, International Socialist Review, Counterpunch, Pambazuka News and AllAfrica... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Field B

4:00pm CDT

Is This Still China's Century?
Is this still “China's century?” Many Western commentators have flipped over from saying that China's growth is unstoppable to arguing that China's fall is inevitable. This talk aims to give an insight into the contradictions in China's economic development, and look at what impact they may have on struggle from below.

Suggested Readings:
Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants by Hsiao-Hung Pai (Verso)
Tiger Head, Snake Tails by Jonathan Fenby (The Overlook Press)
The global rise of China by Alvin Y. So and Yin-Wah Chu (Polity Press, 2015)
The China boom: Why China will not rule the world by Ho-fung Hung (Columbia University Press, 2015).

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Hore

Charlie Hore

Charlie Hore lives and works in London, and is a member of rs21 (revolutionary socialism in the 21st century) in Britain. He has written extensively on China and other topics for a number of publications, including the International Socialist Review. He is currently working on a book... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Grant Park C

4:00pm CDT

Broad Parties and the Revolutionary Left
What is Quebec solidaire? How is it different from traditionnal reformist parties? What are the possibilities and challenges of this type of party? How should socialists organize and intervene in it?

My article in ISR 92 about Quebec solidaire

Speakers
avatar for Benoit Renault

Benoit Renault

Benoit Renaud is coordinator of Réseau écosocialiste (Ecosocialist Network - Québec) and a long time Québec solidaire (QS) activist. He was a member of the QS leadership between 2008 and 2012 as well as a candidate for that party in several elections. He has contributed to... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C

4:00pm CDT

Women and the Russian Revolution
The Russian Revolution gives us a glimpse of the highest forms of working class self-rule. Women played a central part of this, ranging from strike leaders in the city centers to rural organizers collectivizing domestic work. Come here the stories of these women, their role in educating and organizing workers in the years leading up to1917, the debates around women's oppression that took place internationally and the role of women's resistance in achieving a socialist society.

Midwives Of Revolution: Female Bolsheviks & Women Workers In 1917 by Jane Mcdermid (Author), Anna Hillyar (Contributor).

Alexandra Kollontai: A Biography by Cathy Porter

Speakers
avatar for Dana Blanchard

Dana Blanchard

Dana Blanchard is a veteran public school teacher, union organizer and socialist activist from the Bay Area.
avatar for Leia Petty

Leia Petty

Leia Petty is an unionist, education activist, and socialist living in Brooklyn, NY


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Clark A/B

4:00pm CDT

What Do Socialists Say about Class?
From Occupy Wall Street to Bernie Sanders, class inequality has returned to the forefront of popular consciousness after decades of pretending everyone is “middle class.” How do socialists define class and why do we place so much emphasis on it? How does class relate to other divisions in society such as race, gender, and sexuality?

Suggested Readings:
Why the working class” by Hal Draper
Can the working class still change the world?” by Kyle Brown 
U.S. Labor: What's New, What's Not” by Kim Moody
Six Points on Class” by Michael Zweig
Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution, Vol. II: The Politics of Social Classes by Hal Draper (Monthly Review)
The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret by Michael Zweig
 

Speakers
avatar for Leela Yellesetty

Leela Yellesetty

Leela Yellesetty is an activist in Seattle, a writer for Socialist Worker, and a contributing author to 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Field A

4:00pm CDT

The "Work" of Life: Social Reproduction, Neoliberalism, and the Nonwestern World
Speakers
avatar for Tithi Bhattacharya

Tithi Bhattacharya

Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal. She writes extensively on Marxism and oppression and is currently working on her second book which is , a material his... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Clark C

5:30pm CDT

Saturday Dinner
Saturday July 2, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
TBA

7:30pm CDT

The Fight for a Socialist Future
Speakers
avatar for Amy Muldoon

Amy Muldoon

Amy Muldoon is a long-time socialist and union activist living in Queens, NY. A steward in CWA, she has been building the Verizon Strike Solidarity Committee for the ongoing strike. Her writings can be found in Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review... Read More →
avatar for Kirstin Roberts

Kirstin Roberts

Kirstin Roberts is a longterm member of the International Socialist Organization. She is also an early childhood educator and activist in the Chicago Teachers Union.
avatar for Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

Author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States. She is also the author of Women and Socialism: Essays on Women’s Liberation, and the thoroughly revised second edition, Women and Socialism: Class, Race and Capital to be published in July 2015. She is also a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review... Read More →
avatar for Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor

Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Black... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Regency Ballroom
 
Sunday, July 3
 

9:30am CDT

A People's Art History of the U.S.
Is there room for art in our movements? Is there room for movements in art? This talk will explore the history of the intersection of art and movements, as well as artists and activists, throughout the United States since the early 1900s, with an eye for what we can learn from this history and apply to the present to make our movements stronger and keep art in the hands of the people.

Suggested Readings:
A People's Art History of the United States by Nicholas Lampert
Literature and Revolution by Leon Trotsky
Artists on the Left: American Artists and the Communist Movement, 1926-1956 by Andrew Hemingway

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy is an artist and member of the International Socialist Organization in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in Socialist Worker, Electronic Intifada, and Mondoweiss. She is sort of famous on the interwebs for painting a portrait of Donald Trump using her menstrual... Read More →
avatar for Sara Rougeau

Sara Rougeau

Sara Rougeau is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Chicago.


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Clark A/B

9:30am CDT

Disability and the Russian Revolution
Owing to the dearth of written history on the topic, it may come as a surprise to learn that the issue of disability figured quite prominently in the socialist workers' revolution of 1917 in Russia. In fact, disability was such a central component to the entirety of the revolutionary process that the history itself is a proof of the following Marxist-derived principle: The liberation of disabled people is impossible without the liberation of the entire working class, and the liberation of the entire working class is impossible without the liberation of disabled people.


Speakers
avatar for Keith Rosenthal

Keith Rosenthal

Keith Rosenthal lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. http://isreview.org/person/keith-rosenthal


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
DuSable A/B

9:30am CDT

The Making of Black Revolutionaries on Campus
Black college students have a long history of fighting for freedom, justice, and equality on- and off-campus. In particular, Black students have frequently resisted the imposition of educational models aimed at keeping them in their "place." In the late 1960s, Black college students were at the forefront of movements that sought to transform schooling and American society. The revolution they sought did not ultimately succeed, but assessing this era of struggle and change is essential for revolutionaries on campus today.

Biondi, Martha. The Black revolution on campus. (Berkeley: Univ of California Press, 2012).
Rogers, Ibrahim. The Black Campus Movement: Black students and the racial reconstitution of higher education, 1965-1972. (New York: Palgrave, 2012).

Speakers
avatar for Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Brian Jones is an educator and socialist in New York City. He was the Green Party's 2014 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. Brian has contributed to several books, including What's Race Got To Do With It? How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Grant Park C

9:30am CDT

Europe in Revolt: Mapping the New European Left
Since the 2015 victory of the Syriza government in Greece, the rise of a new European radical left has shown the promise and the challenges of confronting austerity. Social democratic parties have long abandon their working-class followers, but Syriza's betrayal of its anti-austerity platform only goes to show that winning elections is not enough to confront the combined powers of the continental ruling class and its constellation of state apparatuses. This session will ask how left-wing electoral party formations such as Podemos in Spain, the Left Bloc in Portugal, Left Unity in Greece, Die Linke in Germany, among others, organize in order to strengthen social movements and the class struggle in place of coopting them.

Hope for the Portuguese Left - https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/10/left-bloc-portugal-austerity-social-democracy/

What Stirred the Stormy Seas in France? https://socialistworker.org/2016/05/24/what-stirred-the-stormy-seas-in-france

Moderators
avatar for Bhaskar Sunkara

Bhaskar Sunkara

Founding editor of Jacobin Magazine.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Chretien

Todd Chretien

Frequent contributor to Socialist Worker newspaper and the International Socialist Review. Editor of Haymarket Books edition of Lenin's State and Revolution.
avatar for Catarina Príncipe

Catarina Príncipe

Catarina Príncipe is a portuguese activist living in Germany. She has been a key activist in the anti­precarity movement in Portugal as well as part of the Blockupy platform in Germany. She is both a member of Bloco de Esquerda and Die Linke and has inside knowledge about the different... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Grant Park B

9:30am CDT

9:30am CDT

We Are All Precarious Now
Notions that all work has become part-time and highly unstable, along with claims that most industrial work has migrated from the global North to the global South have become truism for much of the left today. This workshop will investigate these claims in the light of systematic evidence.

Suggested Readings:
U.S. Labor: What's New, What's Not?” by Kim Moody (May 1, 2016).
We're All Precarious Now,” by Charlie Post (Jacobin, April 20, 2015).
 

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Post

Charlie Post

Charlie Post has been an active socialist for over four decades, mostly in New York City. He teaches at the City University of New York and is active in his faculty union. He has written and researched on the origins of capitalism and the structure of the contemporary working cla... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Adler A/B

9:30am CDT

Ellen Meiksins Wood's Retreat from Class
Speakers
avatar for Sofia Arias

Sofia Arias

Sofia Arias is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Boston.


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field C

9:30am CDT

The U.S., Iraq, and the Rise of ISIS
A description and analysis of who ISIS really is and the current US war in Iraq, based on frontline reporting.

The Hell After ISIS - by Anand Gopal, The Atlantic

Speakers
avatar for Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal is the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. He recently reported from Iraq for the Atlantic Magazine.


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Burnham A/B/C

9:30am CDT

9:30am CDT

Venezuela: The End of Pink Tide in Latin America?
What is going on in Chavez's and Maduro's Venezuela and what does it mean for the left-wing cycle of the past 20 years in Latin America? This talk will explore the complex political situation in which Venezuela finds itself in as it relates to the overall crisis that the progressive cycle of left-leaning governments such as Dilma in Brazil, Evo Morales in Bolivia and Cristina Kirchner in Argentina is facing. Are we experiencing the end of this period more commonly known as the Pink Tide? How can we understand the current rightward shift in the region? Can the Venezuelan revolution survive?

"The End of the Golden Decade" http://isreview.org/issue/98/end-golden-decade, "Lessons of chavismo" https://socialistworker.org/2016/04/06/the-lessons-of-chavismo, "Redeeming Chavez's Dream" https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/06/venezuela-emergency-lines-chavez-mud-inflation-oil/

Speakers
avatar for Eva María

Eva María

Eva María is a Venezuelan-born member of the International Socialist Organization. She is currently pursuing her M.A. on Spanish Literature and is a regular contributor to Socialist Worker on Venezuela and Latin America.


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field A

9:30am CDT

James Connolly and the Easter Rising of 1916
Speakers
avatar for Anthony Arnove

Anthony Arnove

Coproducer with Brenda Coughlin and Jeremy Scahill of the documentary film Dirty Wars, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2014. Arnove wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon. The documentary is the film companion to Howard Zinn’s bestselling book A People’s... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Harkin

Shaun Harkin

Shaun is a long-time socialist organiser, trade unionist, and writer now based in Derry, Ireland. He is a member of the Irish Socialist Workers Party, the People Before Profit Alliance, and UNISON Community Branch. He was campaign organiser for Eamonn McCann's successful election... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field B

9:30am CDT

'To the Masses': Lenin's Battle in the Comintern
What leadership lessons we can learn from Lenin at the Third Comintern Congress.

Speakers
avatar for John Riddell

John Riddell

John has translated and compiled eight volumes of documents on the world revolutionary movement in Lenin's time. A longtime socialist activist, he takes part in climate justice and solidarity work in Toronto.
avatar for Jen Roesch

Jen Roesch

Frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. Roesch is also a women’s rights activist in New York City.
avatar for Mike Taber

Mike Taber

Mike Taber is a longtime socialist activist and editor. He has edited or prepared dozens of books on the history of the revolutionary and working-class movement, including books by Leon Trotsky, V. I. Lenin, Malcolm X, James P. Cannon, Che Guevara, and Maurice Bishop. He currently... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Grant Park A

11:30am CDT

Marx and Nature
Many on the left assume that Marx's focus on the working class and the development of industry prevented his giving proper attention to ecological issues. This talk examines various interpretations of Marx's writing on nature and suggest which of his ideas might prove most useful to present-day eco-socialists.

Marxism and the environment: An excerpt from the new Ecology and Socialism
By Chris Williams International Socialist Review Issue #72: Features

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Terzakis

Elizabeth Terzakis

Elizabeth Terzakis teaches composition and creative writing at a community college in Northern California. A long-time ISO-member and sometime contributor to the International Socialist Review, Terzakis co-wrote a chapter on Paulo Freire in Education and Capitalism and has given talks... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field C

11:30am CDT

Black Women and U.S. Communism: The Making of Black Left Feminism
Tracing Black women's radicalism and engagement with communist ideas to the late nineteenth century, this talk will demonstrate the importance of communism in the evolution of a Black feminist left. Locating the origins of intersectionality with Black women who identified as Marxists or who traveled on the margins of communist organizations, this talk will attempt to shed new light on the history of intersectionality as a framework that predates neoliberalism and identity politics as we know them.

Dayo Gore, Radicalism at the Crossroads; Beverly Smith, Homegirls; Toni Cade Bambara, The Black Woman; Angela Davis, Women, Race & Class; Kimberly Springer, Living for the Revolution

Speakers
avatar for Destiney Linker

Destiney Linker

Destiney Linker is a member of the ISO originally from North Carolina, and currently is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studies African American history with a focus on Black women's radical politics in the twentieth century.


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Clark A/B

11:30am CDT

Families of Police Brutality Victims Speak Out
Speakers
avatar for Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford is the Co-Director of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice and the Co-Founder of the Alan Blueford Foundation.The Alan Blueford Center for Justice and The Alan Blueford Foundation, were born out of the tragic death of Jeralynn’s youngest son, Alan. Jeralyn's... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Clark C

11:30am CDT

The Return of Inter-Imperialist Rivalry: Are We Heading for a New World War?
From Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea, new conflict are emerging between regional and international powers. This talk will look at debates among Marxist theories of imperialism to help us understand the current disputes and crises as a means to fighting back against them.

ISR #100, "Lenin and Bukharin on Imperialism" and "The Asymmetric World Order"

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Bailey

Geoff Bailey

Geoff Bailey is a socialist activist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of “Accumulation by Dispossession: A Critical Assessment,” “The Rise and Fall of SDS,” and “Anarchism and the Spanish Civil War” for the International Socialist Review... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
DuSable A/B

11:30am CDT

Verizon on Strike: Taking a Stand Against Corporate Power
Speakers
avatar for Amy Muldoon

Amy Muldoon

Amy Muldoon is a long-time socialist and union activist living in Queens, NY. A steward in CWA, she has been building the Verizon Strike Solidarity Committee for the ongoing strike. Her writings can be found in Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field B

11:30am CDT

Why the Politics of the United Front Still Matter
Socialists will be a minority of the working-class movement until the future revolution. So how should they work together with people who aren’t socialists in the struggles of today? In the era after the Russian Revolution of 1917, socialists developed the strategy of the united front—which holds valuable lessons to teach revolutionaries today.

Suggested Readings:
The Comintern by Duncan Hallas (Haymarket 2007).
Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922, edited by John Riddell (Haymarket 2012). 

Speakers
avatar for Alan Maass

Alan Maass

Alan Maass is editor of Socialist Worker, the daily website and monthly newspaper published by the International Socialist Organization, and author of The Case for Socialism (Haymarket 2010... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grant Park D

11:30am CDT

Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising
In 2011, the old Arab order entered in agony, but a new progressive order could not replace it. Since then, the euphoria of the "Arab Spring" has given way to the gloom of backlash and descent into mayhem. The talk will analyse the factors behind this relapse and assess the regional prospects.

The two books below + Interview posted on Jacobin 
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/12/achchar-arab-spring-tunisia-egypt-isis-isil-assad-syria-revolution/ + Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6DSmb22wEQ

Speakers
avatar for Gilbert Achcar

Gilbert Achcar

Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, and is currently Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His latest books are: The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2010); Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism (2013); The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (2013); and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising (2016... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grant Park B

11:30am CDT

Sanders, Social Democracy, and Socialism
Speakers
avatar for Eric Ruder

Eric Ruder

Eric Ruder is a longtime antiwar and Palestine solidarity activist as well as a journalist for Socialist Worker who has reported from Ferguson, Gaza, and the U.S.-Mexico border.


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grant Park C

11:30am CDT

After Independence: Nationalism, Socialism, State Capitalism, and Neocolonialism
Speakers
avatar for Pranav Jani

Pranav Jani

Pranav Jani is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University. His research and teaching is in postcolonial and ethnic studies, especially writing from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. His book Decentering Rushdie (2010) offers a new account of post-independence Indian novels in English, challenging the postmodernist theories and methods that have dominated this field of study. Pranav's work on Marxism, postcolonial studies, literature, and anti-colonial struggles has been published in collections... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field A

11:30am CDT

Europe: Crisis, Refugees, and Xenophobia—Devising a Left Response
This talk will cover #Brexit, solidarity with refugees in the UK and beyond, the far-right and the left's response.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Bence

Charlotte Bence

Charlotte is a UK based union organiser and activist, a member of rs21, and a contributing editor to Salvage Quarterly.


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C

11:30am CDT

Crisis and Resistance in Mexico
Speakers
avatar for Josefina Chávez

Josefina Chávez

Josefina Chávez is a longtime organizer and researcher in the feminist movement in Mexico. She is the editor of the of the Mexican magazine Cuadernos Feministas and a founding member of the Revolutionary Workers Party (Mexican section of the 4th International).
avatar for Luis Rangel

Luis Rangel

Luis Rangel is member of the Revolutionary Workers Party (Mexican section of the 4th International) and a leading member of the student movement at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
DuSable C

11:30am CDT

1:00pm CDT

Sunday Lunch
Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
TBA

2:00pm CDT

The Privatization of Care: From Childhood to the Elder Years
From the attacks on public education, to the chipping away of medicare and medicaid, more and more responsibility for providing care for the very young and very old have been placed on private families. The impacts of these attacks are felt most acutely by women who are overwhelmingly viewed as "natural" care providers, but the weight is carried by the working class as a whole. Come to this talk to discuss the reasons behinds these assaults and also a vision for an alternative.


Speakers
avatar for Monique Dols

Monique Dols

Monique Dols is a socialist, early childhood educator, and union activist living in New York City.


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
DuSable A/B

2:00pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

Anybody but Trump?
Speakers
avatar for Jen Roesch

Jen Roesch

Frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. Roesch is also a women’s rights activist in New York City.
avatar for Bhaskar Sunkara

Bhaskar Sunkara

Founding editor of Jacobin Magazine.


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C

2:00pm CDT

Marxism and the Trade Unions
What is the Marxist analysis of trade unions? What is the Marxist approach to working inside them? What historical examples can we draw on to inform our trade union work today?

(Pamphlet) Hal Draper, *Marxism and the Trade Unions*
(ISR article) Sharon Smith, *Marxism, Unions, and Class Struggle: The Future in the Present*

Speakers
avatar for Tim Goulet

Tim Goulet

Tim is a member of the International Socialist Organization in NY, a member of Teamsters local 810, and a writer and organizer.


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Clark A/B

2:00pm CDT

Political Revolution and Social Revolution: What's the Difference?
Bernie Sanders has said that he wants to ignite a “political revolution.” But what is a political revolution? In the Marxist tradition, it usually refers to the popular toppling of a government, but without any change in the economic and social structures of society—whereas a social revolution involves these more fundamental changes. This talk will explore the relationship between political and social revolution in the Marxist tradition.

Suggested Readings:
Class Struggles in France by Karl Marx (1850).
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte by Karl Marx (1852).
The Civil War in France by Karl Marx (1870-1871).
Revolution and Counterrevolution in Germany by Friedrich Engels (1851-1852).
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution, Vol. 2: The Politics of Social Classes by Hal Draper (1978).
How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? by Neil Davidson (Haymarket 2012).

Speakers
avatar for Paul D'Amato

Paul D'Amato

Paul D’Amato is the author of The Meaning of Marxism, which was just published in a revised and updated edition last summer. He is also the managing editor of the quarterly journal International Socialist Review, and a regular columnist for Socialist Worker... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grant Park B

2:00pm CDT

Burning Country: Disentangling the Syrian Crisis
Speakers
avatar for Yusef Khalil

Yusef Khalil

Yusef Khalil is a socialist and activist in New York City. He has written numerous articles on the Syrian Revolution and organizes with the Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution.


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grant Park D

2:00pm CDT

Hal Draper and Revolutionary Marxism
Hal Draper was the foremost American Marxist theoretician in the last half of the 20th century. He authored and popularized the concept of "socialism from below." Draper's major intellectual contribution was his multi-volume Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution, restoring the central core of Marx's politics as revolutionary working class democracy. 

Suggested Readings:
The Two Souls of Socialism” by Hal Draper (1966).
The Principle of Self-Emancipation in Marx and Engels” by Hal Draper
Marx on Democratic Forms of Government” by Hal Draper (1974).

Speakers
avatar for Joel Geier

Joel Geier

Joel Geier and Hal Draper co-founded the International Socialists in 1964 (then called the Berkeley Independent Socialist Club). Geier was a revolutionary activist in the civil rights, anti-war and student movements of the 1960s, and political leader of the IS rank and file trade... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grant Park C

2:00pm CDT

The Return of World Economic Crisis
Speakers
avatar for Lee Sustar

Lee Sustar

Author of the forthcoming Striking Back in Chicago: How Teachers Took on City Hall and Pushed Back Corporate Education “Reform”.


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
DuSable C

2:00pm CDT

How to Start an International Socialist Organization Branch
This talk will sum up the arguments for the necessity of building a revolutionary socialist organization in the here and now before guiding attendees through the ABC methodology of starting an ISO branch as an individual or a small group.

Participants who have read already The Meaning of Marxism and the ISO's Where We Stand Packet will get the most out of this session, but all are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Owen Hill

Owen Hill

Owen has been a socialist of one stripe or another since the age of sixteen; since then he's occupied buildings, organized demonstrations, ran for State Senate, and had his work published in Socialist Worker and Jacobin magazine. He believes his most valuable political contribution... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Field B

2:00pm CDT

Che Guevara
Speakers
avatar for Samuel Farber

Samuel Farber

Samuel Farber was born and raised in Marianao, Cuba, and came to the United States in February 1958. He obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and taught at a number of colleges and universities including UCLA and, most recently, Brooklyn... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Clark C

2:00pm CDT

Socialism...You Mean Like in Sweden?
The robust welfare state and relative social equality in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries are seen by many socialists, such as Bernie Sanders, as models to emulate. What can be learned from the history of class struggles that produced these distinctive social formations? And what can be said about the relationship between the welfare state and socialism?

Capitalism and Social Democracy, Adam Przeworski, Cambridge University Press (1985)
The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, Gosta Esping Anderson, Princeton University Press (1990)
The Limits of Social Democracy: Investment Politics is Sweden, Jonus Pontusson, Cornell University Press (1994)

Speakers
avatar for Alex Schmaus

Alex Schmaus

Alex Schmaus is a socialist activist in the Bay Area. They live in Oakland and work in San Francisco as a middle school instructional aide and as an organizer for United Educators of San Francisco.


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Field A

2:00pm CDT

Identity Politics, Intersectionality, and Class
Speakers
avatar for Megan Behrent

Megan Behrent

Megan Behrent is an activist and educator in Brooklyn, NY. She taught high school English for 15 years and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at NYC College of Technology, CUNY. She is a contributor to Education and Capitalism (Haymarket Books) and has been published... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Adler A/B

2:00pm CDT

What Do Socialists Say about Imperialism?
This talk will examine the Marxist view of imperialism focusing on Marx, Lenin, Bukharin, and Trotsky. It will also give an overview of the changes in imperialism since Lenin's time and how it fits with other political questions.

Suggested Readings:
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by V. I. Lenin
Imperialism and the World Economy by Nikholai Bukharin
War and the International by Leon Trotsky
Socialism and War by V. I. Lenin
The Right of Nations to Self-Determination by V. I. Lenin
Lenin and Bukharin on Imperialism” by Phil Gasper

Speakers
avatar for Steve Leigh

Steve Leigh

Steve is a founding member of the ISO active in the Seattle branch. He has been active in the labor movement (SEIU), anti-racist, anti-war, and many other movements, and is a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker.


Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Field C

4:00pm CDT

Contested Hollywood: Race, Gender, and Class in Tinsel Town
Cinema is one of the most popular and powerful art forms of our time, and it both reflects and shapes the class contradictions in our society. In that way, it has been and still is an ideological battleground.

Suggested Readings:
http://contestedhollywood.tumblr.com/post/146710932928/suggested-reading-on-women-in-hollywood

Speakers
avatar for Laura Durkay

Laura Durkay

Laura Durkay is an activist, writer and filmmaker living in New York City. She has written about politics and culture for the Washington Post, AlterNet, Gay City News, Red Wedge Magazine and Socialist Worker.
avatar for Rigo Gogol

Rigo Gogol

Rigo is an activist and filmmaker in Chicago.
avatar for Ryan Nanni

Ryan Nanni

Ryan is a filmmaker in Los Angeles California. His short films have been shown around the country, including at the Socialism Conference!


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
DuSable A/B

4:00pm CDT

Black Politics after Obama
Speakers
avatar for Donna Murch

Donna Murch

Donna Murch is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (University of North Carolina Press... Read More →
avatar for Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor

Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Black... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C

4:00pm CDT

It's Their Party: Can the Left Make Use of the Democrats?
Speakers
avatar for Shawn Gude

Shawn Gude

Shawn Gude is the associate editor at Jacobin magazine.
avatar for Paul Heideman

Paul Heideman

Paul Heideman is a graduate student in Sociology at New York University. His work has appeared in Jacobin, Historical Materialism, and International Socialist Review.


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Grant Park B

4:00pm CDT

1934 in Minneapolis, Toledo, and San Francisco—The Strikes That Paved the Way
"Labor Wars" by Sidney Lens (Ch. ); "Subterranean Fire" by Sharon Smith (Ch. 4)

Speakers
avatar for Ken Love

Ken Love

Ken Love is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Madison, WI.
avatar for David Russitano

David Russitano

David is a teacher and activist from San Francisco. 


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Field B

4:00pm CDT

The Changing Working Class: Do Workers Still Have Power?
Worker's power and class struggle in the U.S. are widely considered a thing of the past, swept away by the ruling class's quite successful Neoliberal project. In our talk, we will lay out a different analysis of the current economic period in the US, with an understanding that US production has not gone away, but has drastically changed. And with these changes Marx's fundamental analysis remains critically relevant: the working class, united as a class for itself, has the power to put capitalism in it's grave.

"U.S. Labor: What's New, What's Not New" https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Brown

Kyle Brown

Kyle is a socialist in Brooklyn. He writes on the U.S. working class.
avatar for Claire Douglas

Claire Douglas

Claire Douglas is a teacher and a member of the International Socialist Organization.


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Grant Park C

4:00pm CDT

The Palestine Exception: The Assault on Free Speech
This talk will address Israel's global assault on civil liberties and the apartheid regime's wider attempts to neutralize the threat of the movement for Palestinian rights, with a special attention paid to the assault on campuses, taking Columbia University as an example.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Mullen

Bill Mullen

Bill V. Mullen is Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue.  His books include Afro-Orientalism (Minnesota, 2004) a study of interethnic anti-racist alliance between Asian and African Americans, and Popular Fronts: Chicago and African American Cultural Politics 1935-1946... Read More →
avatar for Thaer Al-Sheikh Theeb

Thaer Al-Sheikh Theeb

Thaer AlSheikh Theeb is a socialist and student activist in NYC.


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Adler A/B

4:00pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Greece: The Left after Syriza
Speakers
avatar for Antonis Davanellos

Antonis Davanellos

Antonis Davanellos is a journalist, a member of the political council of Popular Unity, and a leading member of Internationalist Workers Left (DEA) in Greece.


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Grant Park A

4:00pm CDT

From Mexico to Québec: The New Student Movements
Speakers
avatar for Luis Rangel

Luis Rangel

Luis Rangel is member of the Revolutionary Workers Party (Mexican section of the 4th International) and a leading member of the student movement at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Clark C

4:00pm CDT

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt
We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented political engagement and social activism. Pundits once fretted about Americans' apathy, but in the last few years we've seen uprisings and protests across the country: the growth of the Tea Party; the successful fight for a $15 minimum wage; a 21st century black freedom struggle with Black Lives Matter; Occupy Wall Street; and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders.
Americans' new social movements are reshaping the idea of class struggle for the 21st century.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe is an independent journalist and the author of the book Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, out in August from Nation Books. She is the co-host of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast, and her work has been published in The Nation, The Atlantic, The Washington Post... Read More →
avatar for Mike Shea

Mike Shea

Mike is an ISO member in Chicago and has worked for the Chicago Public Schools teaching high school history for 15 years.


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Clark A/B

4:00pm CDT

The Social Crisis of the American City
From gentrification, to budget cuts, to racist police violence, working class and poor communities are being torn apart and driven out of urban centers across America. This panel will put forward a Marxist analysis of the structural forces driving the historical and contemporary social crisis in American cities and provide a vision for the type of movements neccessary to remake cities in the interests of people and the planet.  

Suggested Readings:
A People's History of Boston by Jim Vrabel
The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City by Niel Smith
The Right to the City” by David Harvey
Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless and Out Of School Teens and Young Adults: In Chicago, Illinois and the U.S” (Report available here)
Privatization: The Black and White of Education in Chicago Public Schools” by the Chicago Teachers Union
Guilty of Mental Illness” by Deborah L. Shelton (Chicago Reporter)
Chicago After Laquan McDonald” by Ben Austen (New York Times)
A Just Chicago: Fighting for the City Our Students Deserve” by the Chicago Teachers Union

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Lalasz

Elizabeth Lalasz

Elizabeth Lalasz is a public sector registered nurse and steward with National Nurses United (NNU), as well as an active member of the ISO in Chicago.
avatar for Keegan O'Brien

Keegan O'Brien

Keegan O'Brien is a queer socialist activist and writer from Boston, MA and an education graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His writing has been published in The Nation, The Rainbow Times, The New Civil Rights Movement, Electronic Intifada, Socialist... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Sheets

Kristen Sheets

Kristen Sheets is a tech worker and socialist activist. She is based in San Francisco, California and is a member of the ISO. 


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
DuSable C

4:00pm CDT

Reproductive Rights and Wrongs
At a moment when abortion rights are under attack, this talk will explore the history of forced sterilization and restrictions on birth control and abortion as well as a vision for what reproductive justice could look like in a world where all families with children were able to meet their basic needs and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Becca Bor

Becca Bor

Becca Bor is an activist presently based in Derry, Ireland. Previously, she was an active member of the Chicago Teachers Union, a union delegate and a member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators. Her articles have appeared in the Irish Socialist Worker and the Irish Marxist Review... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Schwartz

Stephanie Schwartz

Stephanie Schwartz is a teacher and activist in the Bay Area. She has participated in clinic escorting, Slut Walk, and Our Walmart.
avatar for Bekah Ward

Bekah Ward

Bekah Ward is an activist and teacher who has written for the International Socialist Review and Socialist Worker on topics ranging from immigration, police violence, women's reproductive freedom and Marxism and science.


Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Field A

6:00pm CDT

Sunday Dinner
Sunday July 3, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
TBA

8:00pm CDT

From Ferguson to Football: Race and Rebellion in Missouri
Speakers
avatar for Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin

The sports editor for the Nation. Zirin was named the 2015 NY Press excellence in sportswriting award and is the author of eight books about the politics of sports. He is a radio host on Pacifica and Sirius/XM. His latest is Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C

8:00pm CDT

The benefits of perfumed paper: A reading by Wallace Shawn
Speakers
avatar for Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor (Star Trek, Gossip Girl, The Princess Bride, Toy Story). His plays The Designated Mourner and Marie and Bruce have recently been produced as films. He is co-author of the movie My Dinner with... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
DuSable A/B

8:00pm CDT

Teachers' Unions and the Fight Against Austerity
Public education has been under attack for the past decade, from budget cuts to charter schools and other privatization schemes. But teachers have been fighting back to defend their students and their schools, with rank and file educators taking over their union in Chicago, striking in Seattle, and contesting the leadership in New York. Hear the stories of these struggles from key activists in all three cities.

Suggested Readings:
The Future of Our Schools: Teachers and Social Justice Unionism,” by Lois Weiner (Haymarket 2012).
More Than a Score The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing,” edited by Jesse Hagopian (Haymarket 2014).

Speakers
avatar for Peter Lamphere

Peter Lamphere

In his 13 year career as a math teacher in New York City, Peter Lamphere has been a delegate, chapter leader. He was one of the many organizers and activists who helped found the Movement of Rank and File Educators, the Social Justice Caucus of the UFT, which has led the fight for... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Quinn

Caitlin Quinn

Caitlin is a teacher in Chicago Public Schools and a member of the International Socialist Organization.


Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Adler A/B

8:00pm CDT

Sex at Dawn: Sexuality Before Class
Speakers
avatar for Natalia Tylim

Natalia Tylim

Natalia is a socialist in Brooklyn, NY.


Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Clark A/B

8:00pm CDT

The Uses and Abuses of Whiteness Theory
Whiteness theory has become part of the standard left discourse on race in the United States. But, is the framework of whiteness useful for anti-racists? And how should Marxists engage in this still developing field of race theory?

Suggested Readings:
Race, class, and ‘whiteness theory’” by Sharon Smith, in International Socialist Review #47
Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness by Matt Wray (Duke University Press)
Odd Tribes: Toward a Cultural Analysis of White People by John Hartigan (Duke University Press)
History of White People by Neil Painter

Speakers


Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Grant Park A

8:00pm CDT

Perspectives for Socialists Today
Speakers
avatar for Lee Sustar

Lee Sustar

Author of the forthcoming Striking Back in Chicago: How Teachers Took on City Hall and Pushed Back Corporate Education “Reform”.


Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Grant Park C

8:00pm CDT

Trump and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism
The rise of Donald Trump from billionaire blowhard and reality TV star to Republican candidate for U.S. president has shocked millions. But his appeal to disaffected voters on a platform of racism against immigrants, Mexicans, and Muslims tracks with right-wing populism in the US and other countries. This talk will grapple with how we can understand the Trump phenomenon, and how we can defeat it.

Suggested Readings:
Are White Workers the Base of Trump Reaction?” by Lance Selfa (Socialist Worker).
Explaining the Rise of Donald Trump,” by Bill Crane (rs21 / Socialist Worker).
“Marxism and Right-Wing Populism: The Case of the Tea Party,” by Lee Sustar (New Labor Forum January/February 2013).
The Magic of Donald Trump,” by Mark Danner (New York Review of Books, May 26, 2016).

Speakers
avatar for Lance Selfa

Lance Selfa

Lance Selfa is a member of the International Socialist Review editorial board and the author of The Democrats: A Critical History (Haymarket 2012).


Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Grant Park B
 
Monday, July 4
 

9:30am CDT

Islamophobia in the Age of Demagogues
As anti-Muslim hate spirals out of control, many of the people loudly condemning demagogues like Donald Trump set the stage for their rise. That's because Islamophobia is about more than just reactionary hate and bigotry. This talk will explore how Islamophobia is necessary for legitimizing US military aggression in the Middle East while serving as a useful tool for ruling elites to divide and distract the masses from economic inequality domestically.

Speakers
avatar for Rania Khalek

Rania Khalek

Rania Khalek is an associate editor at The Electronic Intifada and co-host of the weekly podcast Unauthorized Disclosure. Her work has appeared at Al Jazeera, The Nation, Salon, Truthout, FAIR, Vice, AlterNet and more. You can follow her work at her website raniakhalek.com and on... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Grant Park A

9:30am CDT

The New Deal and the Labor Upsurge of the 1930s
After the worst years of the Great Depression, workers across the US organized and went on strike in unprecedented numbers. The revived labor movement would go on to unionize the citadels of American capitalism, and change the balance of class forces in the US for decades. How did this come about, and why?


Speakers
avatar for Joe Richard

Joe Richard

Joe Richard is a union organizer and an amateur labor historian.


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field A

9:30am CDT

A Marx for Our Times Who Can Speak to Race, Class, and Colonialism
Faced with a resurgence of racism, chauvinism, and xenophobia, it is time to reassess the way we read Marx. Contrary to common assumptions, Marx had much to say about race, nationalism, colonialism, and their legacies. From his writings on the U.S. Civil War to his late texts on indigenous communities and their revolutionary potential, Marx’s dialectic was global and multicultural. This has implications for today’s struggles, including the challenge posed by the Trump campaign.

Suggested Readings:
Marx at the Margins by Kevin Anderson
From the ‘Grundrisse’ to ‘Capital’: Multilinear Themes” by Kevin Anderson
Not Just Capital and Class: Marx on Non-Western Societies, Nationalism and Ethnicity” by Kevin Anderson

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson teaches Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written on Marx, Hegel, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, the Orientalism debate, and on social upheavals, particularly in the Middle East and Europe. Among... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Adler A/B

9:30am CDT

The Hidden History of the Iranian Revolution
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 continues to have profound effects for the people of Iran and the broader region in particular. Much has been written on the topic but mostly from an historical perspective: e.g. names, dates, events, etc. This presentation will focus on a Marxist perspective of understanding the role of imperialism, combined and uneven development, class development and stratification, and the role of ideology, specifically of the left and radical political Shi'ism - with a few names, dates, and events thrown in for good measure.

Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Iran by Phil Marshall
Modern Iran: The Roots and Results of Revolution by Nikkie Keddie
Iran: A People Interrupted by Hamid Dabashi
A History of Modern Iran by Ervand Abrahamian
The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations by Ervand Abrahamian
Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East by Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer

Speakers
avatar for Behzad Salmani

Behzad Salmani

Behzad Salmani is a long-standing anti-war activist and member of the ISO.


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field B

9:30am CDT

Native Americans and Self-Determination
Speakers
avatar for Brian Ward

Brian Ward

Brian is a long-time indigenous rights and climate justice activist.  His writing has appeared in Socialist Worker, The Nation, Truth-Out and the International Socialist Review.  He has lived and worked with the Oglala Lakota on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is a member... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
DuSable C

9:30am CDT

Capitalism, Class, and the Tech Economy
The tech economy is heralded as a disruptive break from the old ways of doing things, a new field where fortunes can be made overnight by innovative entrepreneurs. This talk will analyze the role of the tech economy in capitalism and the position of tech workers within it.

Speakers
avatar for Sid Patel

Sid Patel

Sid Patel is a member of the International Socialist Organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's currently a graduate student at Stanford, where he was co-facilitator of Students for Justice in Palestine and a participant in Black Lives Matter demonstrations, including the shutdown... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Clark C

9:30am CDT

China on Strike: Narratives of Workers' Resistance

China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most underreported labor struggles of our time.

China on Strike, the first English-language book of its kind, provides an intimate and revealing window into the lives of workers organizing in some of China’s most profitable factories, which supply Apple, Nike, Hewlett Packard, and other multinational companies. Drawing on dozens of interviews with Chinese workers, this book documents the processes of migration, changing employment relations, worker culture, and other issues related to China’s explosive growth.



Suggested Readings:
China on Strike: Narratives of Workers’ Resistance edited by Hao Ren, Eli Friedman, and Zhongjin Li (Haymarket Books, 2016)
Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants
 by Hsiao-Hung Pai (Verso)
Trade unions in China by Tim Pringle (Routledge)
China's rise: strength and fragility by Au Loong Yu and Bai Ruixue (Merlin Press)
Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace by (Duke University Press)

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Hore

Charlie Hore

Charlie Hore lives and works in London, and is a member of rs21 (revolutionary socialism in the 21st century) in Britain. He has written extensively on China and other topics for a number of publications, including the International Socialist Review. He is currently working on a book... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Clark A/B

9:30am CDT

The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Star: Trotsky's Struggle Against Stalinism
Leon Trotsky was an organizer of the Russian Revolution and a major opponent of its bureaucratic degeneration into the anti-democratic regime identified with Joseph Stalin. Trotsky's revolutionary Marxist analyses help us understand the democratic meaning of socialism and also how the Stalin dictatorship was able to take power. These are vital tools for activists of today and tomorrow.

"The Russian Revolution - Timeline with John Rees": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VXGYlSblxU

Leon Trotsky, "In Defense of October" (1932) https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1932/11/oct.htm

Leon Trotsky, "Stalinism and Bolshevism" (1937)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1937/08/stalinism.htm

Speakers
avatar for Paul Le Blanc

Paul Le Blanc

"Paul LeBlanc is the author of a number of books on the labor and socialist movements, including "Leon Trotsky" (Reaktion Books) and recent Haymarket titles "From Marx to Gramsci" and "A Short History of the US Working Class."


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
DuSable A/B

9:30am CDT

Socialism after Marx: The Second International
For decades after the death of Marx, the socialist parties of the Second International were the living hope of revolutionaries around the world, but this promising movement ended in disastrous support for the Great War and the bloody repression of revolutionary workers' movements. Today socialists have much to learn from this profound historical experience. This talk will pose the question: what is the legacy of the Second International?

1. German Social Democracy, 1905-1917: The Development of the Great Schism by Carl Schorske
2. Lenin Rediscovered: What is to be Done? In Context by Lars Lih
3. Classical Marxism: Socialist Theory and the Second International by David Renton

Speakers
avatar for Sean Larson

Sean Larson

Sean Larson is a socialist activist in New York City and a PhD candidate in German Studies at NYU.


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Field C

9:30am CDT

From Up All Night to Mass Strikes: France Today
Speakers
avatar for Jonah Birch

Jonah Birch

Jonah Birch is an activist, a writer, and a contributing editor at Jacobin magazine.


Monday July 4, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am CDT
Grant Park B

11:30am CDT

It's Not Just Flint: The Political Economy of Water
Speakers
avatar for Michael Ware

Michael Ware

Michael is a long-standing ISO member from Burlington, Vermont. He is also a founding member of System Change Not Climate Change.


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Adler A/B

11:30am CDT

The Social Construction of Gender
Speakers
avatar for Haley Swenson

Haley Swenson

Haley Swenson is a member of the ISO in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a PhD student in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University, where she is currently finishing her dissertation, titled "The Reproduction of Inequality: Cooking, Cleaning, and Caring, in Austerity... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Clark A/B

11:30am CDT

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense
Speakers
avatar for Donna Murch

Donna Murch

Donna Murch is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (University of North Carolina Press... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C

11:30am CDT

Althusser and Marxist Theory Today
The work of French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser is undergoing a revival of interest today. This session explains core ideas in Althusser's later writings--including the "aleatory" (meaning "chance" and "contingency"), the "conjuncture," and the "philosophy of the encounter." These notions--as well as aspects of the "postmodern materialism" which they permeate--are then evaluated from the standpoint of revolutionary politics.

Katja Diefenbach et al., eds, Encountering Althusser: Politics and Materialism in Contemporary Radical Thought (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Speakers
avatar for Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis writes on social theory, Latin America, and Spain for the International Socialist Review. He teaches Spanish and international studies at the University of Iowa each fall. He lives in Orlando, Florida the rest of the year.


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
DuSable C

11:30am CDT

Which Side Are They On?: Marxism and the Middle Class
Everyone from Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump claims to represent the interests of that mercurial social category, the middle class. If we go by mainstream definitions, the middle class encapsulates everyone in between the impoverished and the 1%, a pretty broad (and useless) category. This talk will explore the question of the middle class from a Marxist perspective and sort out the contradictions, myths and realities of this much-discussed but under-analyzed social class.


Speakers
avatar for Sherry Wolf

Sherry Wolf

Sherry Wolf is the author of Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of LGBT Liberation and has written and spoken widely on issues of gender and sexuality, Palestine, Marxism, imperialism and labor. She is a longtime member of the ISO and a labor organizer living in... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grant Park A

11:30am CDT

Anatomy of Marx's Capital
This talk will explore the fundamental components of Marx's Capital.

Capital, Volume 1

Speakers
avatar for Doniella Maher

Doniella Maher

Doniella Maher is an activist, English professor and comparatist in the Bay Area.


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field B

11:30am CDT

11:30am CDT

11:30am CDT

Labor in the Digital Age: How New Is the New Capitalism?
For every well-paid tech worker, there are countless workers who are intensely exploited, surveilled, and even enslaved. The digital age has proven to be no utopia. However, the Verizon strike and other struggles have shown the continuing power of the working class to turn the tables. This talk explores those prospects.

Speakers
avatar for Mukund Rathi

Mukund Rathi

Mukund Rathi is a member of the International Socialist Organization. He recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied computer science and digital surveillance. He will be attending U.C. Berkeley Law, with plans to study information privacy law and acquire... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
DuSable A/B

11:30am CDT

Who Will Move the World?: Logistics and Workers' Power in the 21st Century
The logistics revolution has transformed the way goods and services are manufactured and distributed around the globe. What does this mean for socialist strategy and political practice?

Speakers
avatar for Joe Allen

Joe Allen

Joe Allen worked for nearly a decade at UPS between its Watertown, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois Jefferson Street hubs. Starting out as a part-time loader he worked his way through a series of part-time sorting and driving jobs until his final year at UPS where he was a package... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field A

11:30am CDT

What Do Socialists Say about the State?
Socialism has often been associated with state control of the economy. Marx and Engels, however, identified the state with the control of one class over another, and argued that under a classless society, the state would wither away. This discussion will delve into some of these fundamental Marxist principles and how they relate to our understanding of the state (and revolution) today.

Lenin's State and Revolution

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Herschel

Lucy Herschel

Lucy Herschel is an activists and socialist based in Queens, NY.  She is a paralegal working in indigent criminal defense and a delegate in 1199SEIU.


Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Field C

1:00pm CDT

Monday Lunch
Monday July 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
TBA

2:00pm CDT

Final Rally
Speakers
avatar for Antonis Davanellos

Antonis Davanellos

Antonis Davanellos is a journalist, a member of the political council of Popular Unity, and a leading member of Internationalist Workers Left (DEA) in Greece.
avatar for Alan Maass

Alan Maass

Alan Maass is editor of Socialist Worker, the daily website and monthly newspaper published by the International Socialist Organization, and author of The Case for Socialism (Haymarket 2010... Read More →


Monday July 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Regency Ballroom
 
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