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Friday, November 18

The Future of Israel

Occupier with a Wall or at Peace with the Palestinians?



Joel Kovel

Joel Kovel has served as a professor in Psychiatry, Anthropology, Political Science, Social Studies and Communications. He is currently editor-in-chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism ( Kovel has developed his distinctive approach, which draws on both psychoanalysis and Marxism, across a wide range of publications. His ten books include The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? (2002), White Racism: A Psychohistory (1970) and Red Hunting in the Promised Land: Anticommunism and the Making of America (1994). Kovel is also a political activist and a media commentator.

The James Connolly Forum is held in the Troy, New York neighborhood where Connolly lived in Troy for several years in the early twentieth century. 96 Ingalls Avenue, his main residence while he was in Troy, is only a few blocks away from the Oakwood Community Center, where the forum is held. Just down the hill on 8th, as it happens, is the former home of Kate Mullaney , the pioneering organizer of female laundry workers in Troy. The house is now recognized as a national historic site. The forum is regularly co-sponsored by  labor and activist groups, like the Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, and the Media Alliance. The Oakwood Community Center was formerly the Oakwood Presbyterian Church, whose origins go back to the abolitionist movement. Steeped in this history, the forum prides itself in welcoming speakers in the Connolly tradition.

“When I think about reassembling something that looks like the networks that sustained the old Socialist Party of America and its organs like Appeal to Reason, I think to the example of the James Connolly Forum. It’s warm, welcoming, accessible, and sorely in need of replication.”
Bhaskar Sunkara: Editor: Jacobin Magazine

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Arnold August 2016: “Elections and Democracy in Cuba”

Sarah Jaffe 2016: “Necessary Trouble, American’s in Revolt”

Jill Stein, Bhaskar Sunkara and Ashley Smith 2016: After the Primaries, What’s Next for the Left?

Carol Barton 2016: Women and the Refugee Crisis

Doug Henwood 2016: The Problem with Hillary

Kristian Braekkan 2015: Scandinavian Socialism: Myth and Reality

Ted Rall 2015: Politics and Press Freedom

Bhaskar Sunkara 2015: Building a Major Radical Alternative in Today’s Media

Steve Ellner 2015: Challenges in Post-Chavez Venezuela

Brian Jones 2015: The Fight for Public Education: Race, Class, and Privatization

Vijay Prashad 2014: The War Against the Planet

Stephanie Luce 2014 : The Fight for a Living Wage and a $15 minimum

Steve Early 2014 :  Save Our Unions

Mat Callahan 2014 : The Songs of James Connolly

Barbara Garson 2013: Down the Up Escalator

Sean Sweeney and Howie Hawkins 2013  : Democratize the Energy Sector

Marcela Olivera 2013: The Fight for Water Justice in Latin America

Jeff Perry 2013 : The Invention of the White Race

Fred Magdoff 2013 : Depletion of the Earth’s Resources: What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism

John Halle 2013 : Politics, Protest and Music

Jane Guskin 2013 : The Politics of Immigration

Mark Dudzic 2012 : Labor Party? Not Yet

Steve Ellner 2012 : Venezuela’s Presidential Election: What Does It Mean for Latin America and the US?

Vijay Prashad 2012 : On the Situation in the Middle East : Arab Spring and Libyan Winter

Judy Sheridan Gonzalez 2012 : The Battle to Transform Our Unions

Tiecoura Traore 2012 :  The Struggle for Economic Justice in Africa

Steve Early 2011 : On Labor’s Civil Wars

Margaret Flowers 2011 : On Health Care Injustice