Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

February 12, 2009

“Marx is Back!” at Columbia, Thursday 2/19

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 6:50 am

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How Socialist Ideas Can Change the World

Guest Speaker: Jen Roesch, joined by Deepa Kumar

Thursday, February 19th, 8pm
Hamilton Hall, room 303, Columbia University
(Enter at Amsterdam & 116th St gates)

They said that Marx was dead—that capitalism had triumphed. Then came the realities of globalization, endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Now, even Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal agree that Marx’s ideas seem best suited for explaining the world we live in today. But Marx also predicted that the inequalities of capitalism would give rise to resistance. We’ve only just begun to see the emergence of a new generation of struggles, from the protests for immigrant rights, to the factory occupations of workers in Chicago, to the massive outpouring of solidarity with the people of Gaza and Palestine. Socialists believe that these struggles can be joined to fight for a different type of society—one in which greed, inequality and war are replaced with solidarity and justice. Come to a discussion of Marx’s ideas, how they apply to today, and then get involved in helping us to build a socialist movement. As Marx himself said, “philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point is to change it.”

Jen Roesch is a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review and Socialist Worker. She is the author of “Turning Back the Clock? Women, Work and Family Today.” She is also an alumni of Columbia, where she was active in the defense of need-blind financial aid and the fight to win ethnic studies.

Deepa Kumar
is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Rutgers University and author of Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, (2008, University of Illinois Press). Her articles have appeared in Socialist Worker, the International Socialist Review, Monthly Review Zine, and Znet.

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