What does it Mean to be Left?
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May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 11, 2019
**Class is cancelled on Saturday, April 13**
Until the 1960’s, the Left in the US was primarily defined by the government and the public imagination as the Communist Party USA. The collapse of the Communist Left, which was sealed by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has left an enormous vacuum as to what the Left really was and its lasting contributions to the radical imagination both politically and culturally. Today it must be examined what ideas are at stake in groups claiming to be Left, the militant left wing of the Democratic party, the small groups claiming to be revolutionary, the ecological movements that tend towards a socialist agenda, another emergent feminism inter alia. This course will discuss what it means to be Left, both in the past and in the present and will posit some thoughts for a new left formation adequate to the demands of the contemporary world.
To register, please purchase tickets from Institute for the Radical Imagination.
Stanley AronowitzStanley Aronowitz is Distinguished Professor in Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His most recent book is "The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers' Movement"(Verso, 2015). He is the co-managing editor of Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, and a … Read More ›