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November 8, 2021


Deadline for applications is Nov 8th, 2021 at 11:59PM ET.

Tuesdays, Nov 23- Dec 21, 7-8:30 PM

***In-person class at The People’s Forum only. No virtual or hybrid!***

When Lenin wrote Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, he was seeking to guide revolutionary action while surrounded by the horrors unleashed by World War I. He provided an analysis of capitalism as a world system driving incessantly towards mass catastrophic violence. A century later, we find ourselves continuing to live in the nightmare Lenin described. Amidst a global systemic crisis, threats of escalating war, and the ongoing devastation of the earth, it is urgent that we revisit and learn from Lenin’s analysis.

In Imperialism, Lenin provided a collective analysis for collective liberation. Following his methods, we will study his text collectively. Our shared reading will focus on three questions: First: How did Lenin shape, frame, and build his analysis? Second: How did this analysis influence anti-imperialist strategy in his moment? Our answers to these questions will guide our final question: How can we better understand imperialism today, in order to build effective anti-imperialist strategy for today’s world?

Image features “Globe of the United States, 1990” by artist David Wojnarowicz 


  • Manu Karuka
    Manu Karuka
    Manu Karuka is the author of Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press, 2019). He is a co-editor of 1804 Books, and he teaches at Barnard College.
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November 8, 2021
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New York, NY 10018 United States
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