Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

November 10, 2008

This Weekend at Columbia: Northeast Socialist Conference 2008

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:31 pm

Obviously, it’s been hard *not* to talk about politics all the time over the past week. Obama’s election has raised a lot of questions about what activists and people who want to see change materialize should be doing now. This weekend at Columbia is the Northeast Socialist Conference, an event that I hope will make a serious contribution to this discussion. 350 activists have already registered from all over the Northeast. You don’t need to think of yourself as a socialist to attend, check out the list of discussion below and you’ll probably find a bunch that you’re interested in. What’s next for the US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan? The most excellent Professor Michael Schwartz, author of War Without End – The Iraq War in Context, will be speaking. Given the recent protests over anti-gay ballot measures in California and elsewhere, you should check out Sherry Wolf, author of the forthcoming, Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of Gay Liberation. Economic crisis still confusing? Don’t miss Joel Geier, Associate Editor of the International Socialist Review and honestly, one of the few people who can explain it with clarity for those us who are not economics majors.

You can register on the day(s) of the conference, or buy a ticket ahead of time. We encourage people to get tickets ($10) ahead of time because it helps us front the money we need to rent the space at a nearby church, helps defray the cost of airline tickets for some of the speakers, etc. So, write us if you’d like to pick up a ticket:



The Northeast Socialist Conference 2008
A Time of Crisis and Change: Building a Revolutionary Alternative

Saturday and Sunday, November 15th and 16th, 2008
New York City @ Columbia University
$15/$10 students and low-income

(complete location, schedule and registration info below)

Featuring: Sherry Wolf, Joel Geier, Ashley Smith, Dave Zirin, Michael Schwartz, Sam Farber, Helen Scott, Deepa Kumar, Mostafa Omar, Lois Weiner, Brian Jones and dozens more.

As the economy goes into the worst crisis since the Great Depression, banks and billionaires are being bailed out while workers continue to lose their homes and jobs. A majority of Americans oppose the war in Iraq, but instead of bringing the troops home, both candidates want to send more troops to Afghanistan and expand the war. It is clear that fundamental change is needed. Come to the Northeast Socialist Conference to discuss and debate with hundreds of others how we can build a genuine alternative that can put the needs of workers and ordinary people around the world first.


To see the full conference schedule and list of talks, click here.


Morning: After the Elections: What’s Next for the Left?

Featuring Sherry Wolf, author of the forthcoming Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of Gay Liberation and editorial board member of the International Socialist Review.

Evening: Resistance in a Time of Crisis and War

Featuring Michael Schwartz, author of War Without End – The Iraq War in Context and Joel Geier, associate editor of the International Socialist Review

Special Brown Bag Lunch: Dave Zirin on A People’s of History of Sports


The Widening War: Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan
New Cold War: US, Russia, and the Caucuses
Class Struggle in the Middle East
Blood and Oil: War for Energy?
The Demonization of Youth
Crisis, Crime and Class: Politics of the Criminal Injustice System
Marxism versus Oppression
Backlash: The War on Women
Resisting the Raids–Defend Immigrant Rights
Communists in Harlem During the Depression
The American Working Class Today
From Unemployed Councils to Factory Occupations: the Class Rebellion of the 1930s
The Future Socialist Society
Why the Working Class Can Change Society
Why We Need a Revolutionary Party
Free Market Failure: The Crisis Today
Whatever Happened to the Gay Liberation Movement?
Burning Down the House: Capitalism and Climate Change
Lessons of 1968
Marxism versus Anarchism
Introduction to the ISO
Revolt and Reaction: What’s Next in Latin America?
Global Assault on Education


Rosa Luxemburg’s The Mass Strike
The Comintern
The Spanish Revolution and Civil War
Myths of Male Dominance
Trotsky’s Marxism
Forging of the American Empire
Marx’s Dialectics
Teamster Rebellion
Marx’s Theory of Crisis and the Crisis Today
The Classical Marxist Theory of Imperialism and its Critics
Marxist Theory of Alienation
Rights of Nations to Self-Determination
How Capitalism Underdeveloped Africa
Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution
What Do Socialists Say About ‘Political Islam’?



9:30am: Registration opens at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th and Broadway (entrance from street)
10:30am: After the Elections: What’s Next for the Left?

Afternoon Registration and workshops held at Columbia University, Hamilton Hall – enter campus at 116th and Broadway

Noon: Workshop Session I
3:15pm: Workshop Session II
5:15pm: Workshop Session III
6:45pm: Dinner
8pm: Resistance in a Time of War and Crisis, Broadway Presbyterian Church
10pm: Party!

(Sunday sessions and registration at Hamilton Hall)
10:30am: Workshop Session 1
Noon: Lunch
1:30pm: Workshop Session 2

For more info: call (646) 452-8662 or email
Or visit – updates will be posted to the website
To reserve free on-site childcare, please call by November 3rd

Sponsored by:

The International Socialist Organization
The Center for Economic Research and Social Change
The International Socialist Review
Haymarket Books
Socialist Worker


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