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What does it Mean to be Left? with Stanley Aronowitz


Spon­sors of the Sat­ur­day Crit­i­cal Thought series (since 2010)
Berlin Wall 1989
(12–2pm): an eight week course — $15 per ses­sion or $100 for all eight ses­sions.

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; name­ly, the mil­i­tant left wing of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic par­ty, small groups claim­ing to be rev­o­lu­tion­ary, eco­log­i­cal move­ments that tend towards a social­ist agen­da, anoth­er emer­gent fem­i­nism among many oth­ers. 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.

Readings: To Be Announced

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