Left Forum 2009

4/16/2009:

For those interested in attending this enormous economic conference at Pace University this weekend (featuring 100’s of self-proclaimed “eclectic” geniuses) – read on for a massive press release.

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Left Forum 2009

The largest annual conference of its kind takes on the historic global economic meltdown
Pace University, NYC, April 17th through 19th

“The highly anticipated Left Forum 2009 will bring together approximately 3,000 participants from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The dominant topic of discussion, debate and analysis will be the global economic crisis and alternatives for a sustainable economic system.

Nearly 200 panels and 600 speakers comprising of an eclectic group of internationally known scholars, journalists, policy analysts and Wall Street professionals will offer trenchant criticism and compelling insights into: the credit and housing bubbles, energy and climate change, the historical roots of privatization, deregulation and financial liberalization policies, labor and the economic crisis, U.S. economy and foreign policy, the global food crisis and the economy.

Left Forum annually brings together the widest spectrum of left-minded intellectuals and activists anywhere in the U.S. Because of its ecumenical, non-sectarian approach, Left Forum provides an essential gathering place facilitating a dynamic dialogue essential for a more unified Left, and a more just society.

Pace University – traditionally known for its business school – is hosting Left Forum for the first time, offering the largest space in the conference’s 30-year history. The conference integrates Pace students and faculty throughout the entire conference, from panels to the arts. A unique program for Pace students will engage them in a pre-conference teach-in on Friday as a way to prepare them for critical engagement of the global, intellectual milieu of the weekend.

Left Forum 2009 will offer unprecedented community and grassroots organizer involvement. The conference will also offer a strong discourse in Labor. Whereas past conferences offered only a few labor panels, this year will feature more than 20, including labor organizing in China presented by the organizers themselves.”

Read much much more about Left Forum 2009 after the jump…

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Notable speakers include famed political scientist, poor people’s advocate and Obama campaign strategist Frances Fox Piven; Sociologist Stanley Aronowitz, author of False Promises and Against Schooling (he recently ran for Governor on the Green Party ticket); Arlie Hochschild, a U.C. Berkeley sociologist known for pioneering work on women around the world, “emotional” labor and “the second shift”; Richard D. Wolff, U. Mass. Amherst, the Marxist economist now being recognized worldwide for his economic analysis and articulation of alternatives to the current crisis; Walden Bello, a World Social Forum critic and founder of an institute in the Philippines called “Focus on the Global South”; and Joel Kovel, a professor in Bard’s sociology department who recently generated controversy when he was terminated from his job at Bard College allegedly due to the anti-Israel content of his book. Max Fraad Wolff of The New School University will offer cutting-edge insights into the economy and global food issues, and Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, will be a key presenter on Asia.

Left Forum 2009 is the first to offer an Arts and Culture dimension, infusing film, visual arts, theater, and music into the entire experience. An extensive two-day film program features documentaries on issues ranging from the current economic meltdown to histories of local and global labor movements. The program will showcase films by Alfred Santana, Cécile Clairval-Milhaud and George Stoney, the innovator of public access television. Panel discussion topics include human rights violations in the Argentinean military coup and racial inequalities in Maritime union workers. Luc Sante and fellow contributors to the New York Review of Books will hold a cultural event and tribute to Victor Serge (Russian anarchist, writer 1890-1947). A visual arts exhibition, including photography projections, will present inspirational work interpreting the conference theme, “Turning Points.” An interactive graffiti space will bid participants to express their thoughts and feelings about their conference experience. A theater component will feature excerpts of “The Cradle Will Rock” performed by Pace University/Actor’s Studio Theater group.

Articulated by the conference theme, “Turning Points,” attendees can expect timely discourse on topics such as:

+ On the Brink of Depression: Turning Point in World Capitalism?
+ Nationalization of the Auto Industry
+ Religion & Empire: A Christian-Marxist Dialogue
+ Childhood, Capitalism and Resistance
+ Crisis Politics: What Way Forward for Obama?
+ Afghanistan and the Global Peace Movement
+ Women, Incarceration and Resistance
+ Black Workers and the Current Economic Crisis
+ Organizing China’s Labor Movement: Global Dimensions
+ Debating Long-Term Strategies for “the Left”
+ Illustrating Resistance: Art and Activism
+ The Debate Over Green Capitalism
+ State Capitalism – a New, New Deal?
+ Hip Hop, Social Movements and a new Left turn?
+ Gaza – Jews and Arabs Speak Out
+ The Food Democracy Movement

Panelists include:

Laura Flanders
Walden Bello
Dave Zirin
Barbara Epstein
Nomi Prins
Bill DiFazio
Michael Albert
Gayatri Spivak
David Harvey
George Stoney
Joel Kovel
Arlie Hochschild
Adolph Reed
Doug Henwood
Stanley Aronowitz
Frances Fox Piven
Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Michael Menser
Richard D. Wolff
Max Fraad Wolff
Vijay Prashad
Harriet Fraad
Gihan Perera
Barbara Ransby
Katja Kipping
Fr. Paul Mayer
Rev. Anthony Johnson
Rabbi Michael Feinberg
Rev. Earl Kooperkamp
Jose LaLuz
Craig Calhoun
Ai-jen Poo
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Anwar Shaikh
Harmony Goldberg
Richard Kim
Hugo Blanco
Sahar Shafqat
Robin Blackburn
Staughton Lynd
Sheila Collins
Leo Panitch
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Houzan Mahmoud
Bashir Abu-Manneh
Silvia Rivera
Cindy Milstein
Mark Solomon
Jane Slaughter
Roger Salerno
Laura Whitehorn
Brigitte Kahl
John Bellamy Foster
Peter Kwong
Bertell Ollman

Topics include:

+ Political Economy and the Current Crisis
+ Culture and Everyday Life
+ Race
+ U.S. Politics
+ Prison Industrial Complex
+ Gender
+ Ecology and Environment
+ Food
+ Religion
+ Labor
+ Art
+ Middle East
+ Marxism and Theory
+ Asia
+ Africa
+ Community Organizing
+ Political and Social Movements
+ Health, Housing and Education
+ Latin America
+ Europe

Please see website for a complete list of panels and speakers.

www.LeftForum.org

To arrange an interview please contact Lenore Holz, Press Liaison, at lenore@leftforum.org or 201.284.8633 (mobile).

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VENUE ADDRESS: Pace University, One Pace Plaza, NYC 10038, Downtown Manhattan, by City Hall

NEAREST SUBWAYS: 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; 2/3 to Park Place/Broadway; R/W to City Hall; J/M/Z/A/C to Broadway-Nassau

EVENT DATES & TIMES:
Friday, April 17: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION:
$45 Regular Rate; $60 after April 9*
$30 Low income rate; $40 after April 9**
$25 One-day registration; $40 after April 9+
$10-20 Friday Opening Plenary, sliding scale
$15 Pace Community (students, faculty, staff with ID)
*scholarship available (apply through email or mail)
**low-income: less than $25k annually (please adhere to guidelines)
+specify which day you wish to attend (Sat or Sun)
Group rates available: $15 per student for groups of 10 or more, with valid ID; $20 after April 9, apply at register@leftforum.org.

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8 Comments on "Left Forum 2009"

matt_72
Member

[quote comment=”149462″]Oh boy. Now we are going to be besieged by a new kind of hypocrite for the next few years.

Right: “Everyone is out for themselves, unless I am the one who needs help!”

Left: “Do as I say, not as I do!”.

Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t.

Having written that, I do appreciate Righty’s work ethic, and I appreciate Lefty’s pursuit of utopia. If only there was some middle ground…oh wait, there is.[/quote]

Until the deficit is reduced to 0 and the unfunded liabilities are reduced to the point where they are reasonably funded, the middle ground is spending a whole lot less than we are currently projected to spend. Can’t have a middle ground b/w righty & lefty if the ground they are standing on is quicksand.

MidnightRacer
Member

[quote comment=”149448″]I rarely comment on these types of threads, but I can’t let the opportunity to educate a smug commenter who is clearly demonstrating how successful the dumbing down of America has been.

[quote comment=”149392″]the opportune word is “ecclectic” at least they admit they are weirdos in the economic realm.[/quote]

umm,

Eclectic (adj.) assorted, diverse, free, miscellaneous[/quote]

Not discussing the thread at the moment, but I thought that was funny (rare for Indie – always so serious). Let’s replace those meanings in the original phrase, just kicks and giggles…

“self-proclaimed “eclectic” geniuses”

1. self-proclaimed “assorted” geniuses

2. self-proclaimed “diverse” geniuses

(and my favorite…)

3. self-proclaimed “miscellaneous” geniuses

MR believes unmodified intelligence sees propagandizing one’s “miscellaneous” superiority as an inferiority complex.

rag246
Member
rag246

Oh boy. Now we are going to be besieged by a new kind of hypocrite for the next few years.

Right: “Everyone is out for themselves, unless I am the one who needs help!”

Left: “Do as I say, not as I do!”.

Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t.

Having written that, I do appreciate Righty’s work ethic, and I appreciate Lefty’s pursuit of utopia. If only there was some middle ground…oh wait, there is.

strand tramp
Member
strand tramp

will the demonstrators and protestors show up smashing windows, hurling molotov cocktails and marching with their protest signs as they throw rocks at the crowd control police and burn cars? oh wait, those people are all speaking at this conference…

IndieCom
Member

I rarely comment on these types of threads, but I can’t let the opportunity to educate a smug commenter who is clearly demonstrating how successful the dumbing down of America has been.

[quote comment=”149392″]the opportune word is “ecclectic” at least they admit they are weirdos in the economic realm.[/quote]

umm,

Eclectic (adj.) assorted, diverse, free, miscellaneous

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