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, 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

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.

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