The Chronicle of Higher Education: At Forum Fueled by ‘Occupy’ Energy, Liberal Scholars and Activists Take On the Corporatization of Academe

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the Left Forum at Pace. “Unlike other types of academic conferences, the Left Forum provides an opportunity for academics with similar political views to exchange ideas with like-minded people beyond academic circles and to think about how certain challenges can be faced by forming ‘new chains of solidarity.'”

The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the Left Forum at Pace:

In the shadow of marches and small pockets of Occupy Wall Street activities that have continued despite the protestors’ eviction from Zuccotti Park months ago, thousands of progressive scholars and students gathered here over the weekend with communists, socialists, anarchists, and other types of unabashed revolutionaries.

They came together at the Left Forum, an annual conference that has grown this year to an estimated 5,000 attendees. The theme of this year’s conference, held at Pace University, was “Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism.” Fighting back was an underlying thread in many of the conference events, which included panels focused on issues of student debt, student activism, and adjunct labor in higher education.

“This is an action-oriented conference,” said Seth Adler, the conference coordinator. “We’re hoping that people will share their ideas and strategies and continue to network beyond the meeting.”

Unlike other types of academic conferences, including those focused on convening people in the same discipline or with the same job title, the Left Forum provides an opportunity for academics with similar political views to exchange ideas with like-minded people beyond academic circles and to think about how certain challenges can be faced by forming “new chains of solidarity.”

Read the rest of the article at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Nation: Left Forum 2012

Taking place at on March 18 and 19 at Pace University in Manhattan, the Left Forum, which is co-sponsored by The Nation, is “the place to be” this weekend.

Peter Rothberg, blogger for The Nation, wrote about the Left Forum at Pace and included a video clip from the opening plenary of 2011. News of the event was picked up in other outlets nationwide.

From Peter Rothberg/The Nation:

Each spring the Left Forum convenes the largest progressive gathering in North America in a rambling, lively confab unlike anything else in the United States. Originally established in 1981 as the Socialist Scholar’s Conference, the event was renamed the Left Forum in 2005 after a split in the ranks forced a year’s hiatus and a reconstituted organizing structure.

Continuing a tradition begun in the 1960s, intellectuals and organizers meet to share notes, perspectives, strategies, experience, vision and, of course, drinks! Last year’s conference, led by the LF’s energetic director, Seth Adler, saw a record 3,500 activists attending more than 300 panels and workshops. This weekend’s proceedings, invigorated by the Occupy movement, are expected to beat these numbers.

This year, the Left Forum will focus on the $64,000 question of how best to confront global capitalism: How can American leftists best support the many revolutionary struggles abroad that took root in 2011? How can the Occupy movement be sustained and nurtured in the US? How can new technologies help foster social change? What needs to happen for new chains of solidarity to bloom between workers in the West and their counterparts in the global South? Are democracy and capitalism mutually exclusive? Join an illustrious group of writers, thinkers and activists in this immensely important conversation about the fate of the earth.

Speakers include Medea Benjamin, Michael Ratner, Frances Fox Piven, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Wallace Shawn, Marina Sitrin and Nation writers John Nichols, Laura Flanders, Michael Klare, Ari Berman and Doug Henwood.

Panel topics are, to say the least, wide-ranging: Afghanistan, the impact of tax policy on job creation and poverty, the significance of art in the Occupy movement, Neoliberalism and the blockbuster film, the future of Thorium-fueled nuclear energy, self-mobilization from Johnson-Forest to Global Occupy and the US role in Mexico’s drug war are just a few of the many themes that will be taken up.

Taking place at on March 18 and 19 at Pace University in Manhattan, the Left Forum, which is co-sponsored by The Nation, is the place to be for progressives this weekend. Check out the full, very extensive schedule, read up on the speakers and register your spot in the conversation.

Read the original post and view the video from The Nation here.

NEWS ADVISORY: Left Forum at Pace University downtown Manhattan campus March 16-18

The Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University Friday, March 16 at 6:30pm through Sunday, March 18.

NEW YORK, NY, March 15, 2012– With Occupy Wall Street and the Presidential election hot topics in the news, the Left Forum offers a venue for public discourse on these and other major issues. The Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University Friday, March 16 at 6:30pm through Sunday, March 18.

The three-day conference will bring together 700 speakers, 200 panels, and over 3,000 participants.

All events take place at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, One Pace Plaza (Spruce St, just east of City Hall, between Park Row and Gold St). Media admission by press pass.

The speakers, panels and schedule are listed on www.leftforum.org, a site that also has registration information. The conference fee ranges from $20 to $60 for from one to three days.

Presentations involving Pace faculty or students at the Left Forum include:

Theory and Practice in the Struggle for Ecosocialism: Prospects for Radical Analysis and Political Transformation in the OWS Movement

Participants: Irwin Sperber — SUNY New Paltz, Tess Cooper — SUNY New Paltz, Andi Weiss Bartczak — Mid-Hudson Group of Sierra Club, Joel Tyner — Dutchess County, NY, legislator, Christopher Williams — Pace chemistry professor and environmental activist, Packer Collegiate Institute

A Front Row Seat to Occupy Wall Street: Pace University and the OWS movement

Participants: Emily Welty – Pace political science professor and Pace political science students: Victoria Tran-Trinh, Jessica Borona, Nick Zukowski, Victoria Measles

Citizenship, Civic Engagement, and Community Action in times of Political Apathy and Political Activism

Participants: Sangeeta Rao – director of the Center for Community Action and Research of Dyson College at Pace University, Mary Ann Murphy – communications professor, Pace University, Satish Kolluri — Pace communications professor

The Incongruity of Environmental Challenges Under Capitalism

Participants: Robert Chapman — Pace environmental studies
professor, Ghassan Karam — Pace economics professor, Laurel Whitney — Pace
University, Ilan Safit — Pace philosophy and religious studies professor

Thinking Debt Forgiveness

Participants: Rachael Sotos — Pace professor of philosophy and religious studies, Felix Ensslin — Kunstakademie, Stuttgart, Germany, Eddis Miller – professor of philosophy and religious studies at Pace, David Graeber — University of London

Roundtable on Pace economics professor Andrew Kliman’s “The Failure of Capitalist Production:
Underlying Causes of the Great Recession”

Participants: Anne Jaclard — Marxist-Humanist Initiative, Barry Finger — New Politics (journal), Alan Freeman — University of Manitoba, Anne Jaclard — Marxist-Humanist Initiative, Mike West — Independent Marxist, Brendan Cooney — Videoblogger, Andrew Kliman — Dept. of Economics, Pace University

David Harvey and Capitalist Accumulation

Participants: Andrew Kliman — Dept. of Economics, Pace University, Mike Dola — Maxist-Humanist Initiative, Brendan Cooney — Videoblogger, Greg Gabrellas — Masters student, University of Chicago, Aaron Jaffe — PhD student, New School for Social Research

The challenges of centralized economies versus a decentralized one, an in-depth analysis

Participants: Ame Johnson — Prout Movement USA, Tapan Mallik, Leonard Herbert Burg – Office of Student Success, Pace University, Jon Rynn — Manufacturing Green Prosperity

Roundtable Entitled “Crisis and Protest in a Moment of Transition: Making the Case for a
Democratic-Socialist Party”

Participants: Michael Joseph Roberto — North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Victor Wallis — Socialism and
Democracy, managing editor, David Walters — Marxist Internet Archive, Andrew Kliman — Pace University economics professor, Marxist Humanist Initiative, Jeff Noonan — University of Windsor, Gregory Meyerson — North Carolina A&T State University, Elaine Bernard — Harvard Law School, The Rev. Nelson Johnson — Beloved Community Center (Greensboro NC), Barbara Foley — Rutgers University (Newark), Joseph G. Ramsey — Cultural Logic (editor), Occupy Boston

Portions of the event are being streamed and broadcast by freespeechtv.com.

The diversity of topics at the conference ranges from local environmental struggles to analysis and reports from around the world on new forms of solidarity, labor militancy, and transformative democratic uprisings.

About Pace University

For 105 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, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Visit Pace on the web: Pace.edu | Facebook | Twitter | Flickr | YouTube.

Pace contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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TheBlaze.com and Business Insider: “Congressman Wants Justice Department To Investigate ‘Terrorist Plans’ In Former Union Official’s Bank Plot”

At The Left Forum at Pace’s downtown campus earlier this month, one of the several thousand participants, Stephen Lerner, a former SEIU official, repeated earlier calls for “a new financial crisis,” according to coverage by Fox news and other media.

At the Left Forum earlier this month, Stephen Lerner, a former SEIU official no longer with the union, revealed what several media called a “secret” plan to “cause a new financial crisis.'” Fox News covered the story; so did the websites The Blaze and Business Insider, which reported on a letter from U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to the US Attorney General requesting an investigation.

Stephen Lerner

 

Read the full letter in TheBlaze.com or Business Insider.

NEWS ADVISORY: Get Palestinian and Israeli Youths to Talk?

Emily Welty, PhD, international author and Pace University professor, and Jacob Toll, Board member of the Seeds of Peace Organization have done it. They are two of six distinguished panelists presenting on a panel entitled “Engaging Youths & Community in Dialogue: Our Roles in Cultivating Global Peace?” at this year’s Left Forum at Pace University Saturday afternoon, March 19, from 2 to 4:30 at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus (entrance on Spruce St. just East of City Hall).

PANEL DISCUSSION

“Engaging Youths and Community in Dialogue: Our Roles in Cultivating Global Peace?”

Schedule: G. Panel Session 3 – Saturday March 19,  3pm – 4:50 pm

NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2011 — It pays to listen to anyone who can get Palestinian and Israeli youths to engage in peaceful dialogue.

Emily Welty, PhD,  international author and Pace University professor, and Jacob Toll, board member of the Seeds of Peace Organization have done it. They are two of six panelists presenting “Engaging Youths and Community in Dialogue: Our Roles in Cultivating Global Peace?” at this year’s Left Forum at Pace University Saturday afternoon, March 19, from 2 to 5pm at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus (entrance on Spruce St. just East of City Hall).

The panel includes educators and activists who have researched, studied and experimented with models of dialogue that show great promise in real world settings. The moderator, Rev. Deborah Moldow, is the United Nations representative for an NGO, the World Peace Prayer Society, and a co-founder, of Campus Peace Centers.

Even if they are concerned with global peace, many of today’s youths and educators have been inadequately prepared to transcend polarization along racial, religious and class or economically disparate lines, organizers say. One panelist who has addressed this issue is Frances Delahanty, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Pace University, and founder-chair of a peace and justice advisory board at the institution.

Drawing on their real world and academic experiences, panelists will showcase conceptual and practical models of how to nurture cutting edge dialoging that reconciles conflicts . One such model with potential for defusing disagreements is “Non-violent Communication” to be presented by Ida Dupont, PhD, associate professor of criminal justice and human services at Pace.

All of the panelists are deeply concerned with cutting through today’s politicized, sound-bite culture in order to educate youths to successfully navigate and negotiate in an at-risk global community. Administrators at Pace believe one panelist, Lorendra Pinder, an honor student and president of the campus Stonewall Coalition, is making a difference among her peers; she has been a prime mover in the Model UN Program at Pace University.

The panel has been organized by Leonard Burg project and operations coordinator in the Pace University Division for Student Success.  The division, led by a new Associate Provost for Student Success, Mark Allen Poisel, PhD, is concerned with crafting intentional pathways to graduation, especially for at-risk youths in danger of attrition. The panel features diverse multi-campus staff, faculty, students and community activists working together to achieve these aims.

The Left Forum bills itself as “the largest annual conference of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public in the U.S”.  This year it is featuring over 700 speakers, thousands of participants and 300 panels, during the three-day conference. Plenary speakers include Cornel West, culture critic and Distinguished Professor at Princeton University, and Barbara Ehrenreich, Author of “Nickel and Dimed.”

Conference Fee: rates from $20 to $60 for from 1 to 3 days. To REGISTER NOW find out more information at leftforum.org, left forum on Facebook, left forum on Twitter, leftforum@leftforum.org or call (212) 817-2002/2003.

For information about the Engaging Youths panel, contact Leonard Burg at (212) 346-1579 or Lburg@pace.edu. Cell 917-941-7099

DNAinfo, The Nation, The Guardian: “Left Forum Will Draw Thousands of Activists to Pace University”

The Left Forum, an annual conference held at Pace University which covers local and international political issues, was covered by DNAinfo, The Nation and The Guardian (which has a whole series on the theme of the conference).

Cornel West, writer and activist, will speak at the Left Forum Friday night at Pace. (Richard Alan Hannon/Getty Images)

The Left Forum, an annual conference held at Pace University which covers local and international political issues, was covered by DNAinfo, The Guardian, and The Nation.

Excerpt from the DNAinfo.com article:

This is the third year the Left Forum has been held at Pace University, but it has its roots back in the Socialist Scholars Conference in the 1960s. Every year, the Left Forum brings activists together to take a step back from their day-to-day work and see what others are doing in different fields all over the world.

It is expected to be the largest Left Forum yet.

You can also read coverage of the Left Forum at Pace University in The Nation and The Guardian, which has a whole series on the theme of the conference.

NEWS RELEASE: Left Forum Convenes at Pace NYC March 18-20

“Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Middle East uprising” is one of the current topics up for discussion starting tonight when the Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University. The conference runs through Sunday, March 20.

Fresh, often controversial ideas on Middle East, anti-labor moves, health care, to be aired at Pace University this weekend

Cornel West, Malalai Joya, Barbara Ehrenreich to keynote largest US conference of left and progressive scholars and activists

Cornel West

Left Forum convenes at Pace University downtown Manhattan campus March 18-20

NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2011– “Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Middle East uprising” is one of the current topics up for discussion starting tonight when the Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University. The conference runs through Sunday, March 20.

Other topical “tracks” of linked presentations include “Public sector labor mobilizes nationwide”and“Transforming healthcare.”

Plenary speakers opening the forum tonight at 6:30 are:

  • Cornel West, Culture critic and d distinguished professor, Princeton University
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed”
  • Laura Flanders, best-selling author and; host of GRITtv
  • Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight economics editor.

Other plenary speakers include

  • Malalai Joya, former member of Afghan parliament
  • John Nichols: author of ”The ‘S’ Word,” correspondent for The Nation
  • Carlos M. Vilas, Universidad Nacional Lanus, Argentina, Editor, Latin American Perspectives.

All events take place at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, One Pace Plaza (Spruce St, just east of City Hall, between Park Row and Gold St). Media admission by press pass.

Portions of the event are being streamed and broadcast during the weekend, by freespeechtv.com.

The three-day conference will bring together 700 speakers, 200 panels, and over 3,000 participants. The theme is “Toward a Politics of Solidarity.” Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, and Jesse Jackson were last year’s keynoters.

Rollback of social democracy achievements?

This year’s forum is taking place “as the people of Egypt and Tunisia overthrow their dictators, and students and workers from Greece to France and England challenge the rollback of social democracy’s greatest achievements,” a statement from the organizers points out.

The diversity of topics ranges from local environmental struggles to analysis and reports from around the world on new forms of solidarity, labor militancy, and transformative democratic uprisings.

In the history of the forum, the statement adds, “never before have so many people organized so many panels, debates, round tables, themed panel tracks, and activist workshops.”

Speakers from Canada to India

Other speakers come from a broad, non-sectarian left of scholars, labor activists, anarchists, students, and movement organizers from around the world, including Greg Albo (York University, Canada), Luciana Castellina (Il Manifesto, Italy), Andrea Cely (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), Bogdan Denitch (Brac, Croatia), Carlos Esquer (Sindicato Mineros, Mexico), Raquel Garrido (Party of the Left, France), Timothy Hall (UK), Zhidong Hao (University of Macau), and Sang-Hwan Jang (Gyeongsang National University, South Korea).

Also Ian Camilo Cintrón Moya (Union de Juventud Socialista-Puerto Rico), Gautam Navlakha (Economic and Political Weekly, India), Sowore Omoyele (Sahara Reporters, Nigeria), Victor Alverez Rodriquez (Centro Internacional Miranda, Venezuela), Ariel Salleh (University of Sidney, Australia), and Albert Scharenberg (Freie Universitaet, Berlin).

The speakers and panels are listed on www.leftforum.org, a site that also has registration information. The conference fee ranges from $20 to $60 for from one to three days.

“Violence and social misery”

Cornell West, in a statement, noted a “right that is on the march—for free market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and escalating authoritarianism. It is a triumphant Right that attacks the social democratic policies that are the achievements of the Left.”

The Left is broad, he says, including people concerned about “structural violence… exploitation at the work place, institutionalized contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, hatred against peoples of color, and the subordination of women.”

Identifying with the Left “means that you are willing to fight against, and to try to understand the sources of social misery at the structural and institutional levels, as well as at the existential and personal levels,” and to “defend people against the brutality of a globally expansive and predatory capitalism.”

About Pace University

For 105 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, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Visit Pace on the web: Pace.edu | Facebook | Twitter | Flickr | YouTube. Follow Pace students on Twitter:  NYC | PLV

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“Fair & Balanced Comedy Show,” Yes Men, Join Left Forum at Pace March 20

“TELL YOUR FRIENDS! The Fair & Balanced Comedy Show” becomes part of 2010 Left Forum conference March 20 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University

“TELL YOUR FRIENDS! The Fair & Balanced Comedy Show” becomes part of 2010 Left Forum conference March 20 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University

The Yes Men included in bill

Location: 1 Pace Plaza (Spruce St. Entrance), New York, NY

Event Date: Mar 20, 2010; 8:00 PM

Event Page: http://tinyurl.com/TYFLeftForum

Doors open at 7PM; Show starts at 8PM

Admission:

Left Forum Attendees $5

Tickets for the Public $15

NOTE: Only 200 tickets will be sold to the public

Advance public tickets sold at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/102068

HOST: Liam McEneaney

as seen on Comedy Central, VH1 and numerous tours in Europe WITH:

The Yes Men, a group of culture jamming activists who practice what they call “identity correction” by pretending to be powerful people and spokespersons for prominent organizations.

Lizz Winstead, an American comedian, radio and television personality, blogger and co-creator of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”

Baratunde Thurston, a comedian, host of Discovery’s “The Future Of…” and editor for The Onion: America’s Finest News Source

John Fugelsang, the son of an ex nun and Franciscan brother, a former VH1 VJ and host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” has had over 20 appearances on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” and won countless of comedy awards for his stand up and one-man show, “All the Wrong Reasons”

Victor Varnado has appeared on “Late Night w/ Conan O’Brien,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Premium Blend,” “My Name is Earl,” in the movies “End of Days,” “Pluto Nash,” and “Julien Donkey Boy,” and his standup special/documentary “The Awkward Kings”

Others TBA

PLUS:

Videos from The Onion News Network

Videos from BarelyPolitical.com

And other videos TBA

TELL YOUR FRIENDS! is a Monday night work-out comedy room at Lolita Bar in the Lower East Side. It’s brought to you by Liam McEneaney from Vh1’s “Best Week Ever” and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.” Each Monday, TYF! brings together some of the best performers in the comedy scene with great musical guests. Past guests include Lewis Black, Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Greg Giraldo, Demetri Martin, John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, writers and performers from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night, The Onion, FunnyOrDie,com, and much more.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS! The Fair & Balanced Comedy Show will be the third major event at this year’s Left Forum conference at Pace University, following an opening plenary by The Reverend Jesse Jackson (March 19th) and preceding a Noam Chomsky event (March 21st). The Left Forum brings together organizers and intellectuals from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world and provide a context for the critical dialogue that is essential for a stronger Left and more just society.

Produced by Liam McEneaney and Jessica Flores

More information about the show may be found at http://tinyurl.com/TYFcomedyNYC.

More information about The Left Forum may be found at http://leftforum.org/

More information about Pace University is at www.pace.edu

Contacts:

Jessica Flores tellyourfriendsbooking@gmail.com

347-245-6988

http://web.me.com/jessicayflores

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

Jesse Jackson, Noam Chomsky to Keynote Largest Gathering of Progressives March 19-21

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Noam Chomsky, internationally-known crusaders for social justice and peace, will be keynote speakers at this year’s edition of North America’s largest and most comprehensive annual gathering of progressive thinkers and activists, the Left Forum.

Contacts Left Forum: Gia Rapasadi, cell 646-468-3363, gianeuca@gmail.com Seth Adler, conference coordinator, 212 817 2003, cell 917-287-3005, seth@leftforum.org.

Pace UniversityChris Cory, 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164,ccory@pace.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Downloadable photos of Jackson can be found at RainbowPUSH Coalition, A photo of Chomsky is on his website, http://www.chomsky.info/

Jesse Jackson, Noam Chomsky to keynote Left Forum at Pace University downtown campus March 19-21

“The Democrats have squandered their identity as the party of hope and change. What is emerging in the wake of this crisis of identity is a Left that is broader than ever before.”

NEW YORK, NY, February 9, 2010 – The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Noam Chomsky, internationally-known crusaders for social justice and peace, will be keynote speakers at this year’s edition of North America’s largest and most comprehensive annual gathering of progressive thinkers and activists, the Left Forum.

Jackson, founder and president of the RainbowPUSH Coalition, Inc. will speak at the opening plenary session Friday, March 19 at 6:30 pm. Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT, will address the closing session Sunday, March 21, at 5:30 pm.

All sessions take place at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and adjoining rooms on the downtown Manhattan campus, 3 Spruce Street, just south of the Brooklyn Bridge and east of City Hall.

Last year the Left Forum brought 700 speakers, over 200 panels, and 3,000 attendees to Pace University.

Squandered Democratic identity

Journalists are welcome at all sessions. Media admission is by press pass. The detailed schedule will be available at www.leftforum.org. Interviews of conference speakers can be arranged onsite at the press table and in advance at the media office, 646-468-3363 or 212-817-2003.

“The Democrats have squandered their identity as the party of hope and change, said Seth Adler, the coordinator of the Forum. “What is emerging in the wake of this crisis of identity,” Adler noted, “is a Left that is broader than ever before.”

“We welcome this conference,” said Pace’s Provost, Geoffrey L. Brackett. “We encourage our students and faculty members to participate in passionate and informed discussions reflecting the full spectrum of global political and social discourse, and the Left has important perspectives for us all to consider.”

Satire, Climate, Labor

The all-weekend conference will present activities ranging from panels, roundtables and activist and organizing sessions to comedy and student teach-ins. A few of the panels now planned are:

• Going Undercover: The Yes Men and others discuss subterfuge and satire in activism and investigative journalism

• Redact This! Artists and Writers Against Torture – Art Activism

• From Copenhagen to Climate Justice

• Leveraging Power to Pressure the Obama Administration from the Left

• Importance of Critical Theory to Social Movements Today

• Lessons from Latin American Social Movements for a US in Crisis

• Right-Wing Populism, Political Economy, & Radical Dissent

• No More Affordable Housing Scams: Community Control of Land in New York City

• Urban Guerrilla Movements, North and South

• Of drones, warlords and the Taliban: Ending the U.S./NATO Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

• The Case of California: Coming Soon to Schools Near you

• The Future of U.S. labor

• Eminent Domain: Unused Tool for U.S. Working Class

• Beyond Fair Trade and Micro-Finance: Gift and Solidarity Economies

Attending the Forum costs $70 at the door for the weekend and $35 for one day, with discounts spelled out on the website for early registration and those who state they have low incomes; the cost is $15 for those with Pace identification and members of groups of 10 or more. It is free for volunteers willing to work at least four hours.

Participants can register at http://leftforum.org/node/23 and volunteer at http://leftforum.org/volunteer.

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About Pace University

For 104 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 with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, Pace enrolls 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. Visit Pace at Pace.edu | Facebook | Twitter | Flickr | YouTube; follow Pace students on Twitter: NYC | PLV

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