The Left Forum: Diverse group of 2000 to gather April 17-19 at Pace University downtown campus

The Left Forum co-sponsored by Pace University, where some 2,000 young and old intellectuals, community organizers and activists who call themselves progressives, socialists, and leftists are expected to descend on the downtown campus to be welcomed by a university once best-known for its business courses.

Contacts: Chris Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Seth Adler, Left Forum, 212-817-2003, cell 917-287-3005, seth@leftforum.org

April 16, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY

The Left Forum: Diverse group of 2000 to gather April 17-19 at Pace University downtown campus to probe old and new social paradigms

WHAT: The Left Forum co-sponsored by Pace University, where some 2,000 young and old intellectuals, community organizers and activists who call themselves progressives, socialists, and leftists are expected to descend on the downtown campus to be welcomed by a university once best-known for its business courses. People will be coming from countries including Germany and the Philippines and addressing topics including the international financial crisis. The 200 panels, multiple plenary sessions, and events combining arts and discussion will cover topics like “On the Brink of Depression: Turning Points in World Capitalism”, “Corporate Media’s Magic Trick: Disappearance of the Working Class” and “Sports as a Platform for Dissent.”

WHO: 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 former professor in Bard College’s sociology department who recently generated controversy when he was terminated from his job, allegedly due to the anti-Israel content of a recent book.

WHEN and WHERE: Early afternoon Friday, April 17, through Sunday morning the 19th. Pace’s downtown Manhattan campus is east of City Hall on the downtown side of the Brooklyn Bridge on-ramp.

VISUALS: Stage backdrop on “foreclosure and the American dream” done by participating artist Jonathan Matas. Ongoing book fair. Panels in auditorium and a dozen classrooms.

Media admission by press pass. Full list of topics and speakers at http://www.leftforum.org/?q=2009/panels

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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