Marxism 2011: Recession. Resistance. Revolution

Friday, May 27, 2011 - 23:00 to Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 19:30

Marxism 2011: Recession. Resistance. Revolution

A three-day political conference of 40 talks and panels from May 27-29 at Ryerson University.



7:00 p.m. - Eyewitness to revolution: Egypt and the Arab world - Dina Samak, Dr. Mohammed Shokr & James Clark
9:00 p.m. - Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) featuring screenings of labour film shorts


10:00 a.m. - Workers fight back: Lessons from Wisconsin - Allen Ruff & John Ankenman
Venezuela & Bolivia: Is the revolution at a crossroads? - John Riddell & Paul Kellogg
Where does oppression come from? - Shawn Munro
Can the Arab revolutions free Palestine? - Khaled Mouammar & Abbie Bakan

11:30 a.m. -

After the Crash: How workers resisted in the 1930s - Johnathon Hodge
Lenin, Bukharin & theories of imperialism
Exploitation: Where do profits come from? - Paul Denison
The myth of "ethical oil" - Ben Powless
Egyptian workers: From strikes to revolution - James Clark

1:00 p.m. - LUNCH SESSION - Introduction to the International Socialists - Melissa Graham

2:00 p.m.

Socialists, elections & the NDP - Philip Murton
How humane is "humanitarian intervention"? - Jesse McLaren
The fight for queer liberation today - Tim McCaskell & Michelle Robidoux
Canada's economic "recovery": Fact vs. fiction - John Bell
Socialism & Islamism - Jessica Squires

3:30 p.m.

How do we build a bigger left? - Monique Moisan, Sam Gindin & Ritch Whyman
Turtle Island, Palestine and the fight for indigenous sovereignty - Zainab Amadahy, Ali Mustafa  & Adonis El-Jamal
Why is there a war on women's rights? - Julie Devaney
What would a socialist society look like? - Kim Kerridge
Permanent revolution & the "new Middle East" - Ali Mallah & Sid Lacombe

5:00 p.m. - DINNER BREAK

7:00 p.m. - Workers rising: From Wisconsin to Ontario - Allen Ruff, Gary Howe & Carolyn Egan


10:00 a.m.

From the Tea Party to Ford Nation: Can we stop the right? - Virginia Rodino & Christine Beckermann
Racism, Islamophobia & the attack on multiculturalism - Jasmin Zine & Ayesha Adhami
George Lukács: How ideas change - Darren Edgar
What caused the global economic crisis? - Pam Frache

11:30 a.m.

A brief history of neoliberalism - Pam Johnson
Afghanistan: Canada's Vietnam - Derrick O'Keefe and others TBA
Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or revolution - Peter Hogarth
Nuclear nightmare: From Chernobyl to Japan - Bradley Hughes
Revolution & counter-revolution in Iran - Niaz Salimi & Faline Bobier

1:00 p.m. - LUNCH SESSION - After the election: A roundtable on federal politics - Monique Moisan, Derrick O'Keefe & Carolyn Egan

2:00 p.m.

The coming war on public sector workers - David Kidd & Terry Theakston
The "new scramble" for Africa - Farid Omar & Ali Awali
Leon Trotsky & the United Front - Salmaan Abdul Hamid Khan
Keynes vs. Marx: Can capitalism be reformed? - Octavian Cadabeschi
What's green about Marxism? - Charlotte Ireland

3:30 p.m. - CLOSING RALLY - Recession, resistance, revolution

Register on-line now.

Childcare, billeting, and subsidies available for thos who need it, however early registration is required.

Full schedule and speaker bios can be found at:


Ryerson Student Centre
55 Gould Street
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 28.7604" N, 79° 22' 42.5568" W
Ontario CA

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