Fall/Winter 2016: All Forums are at 7pm(more forums will be announced)
Friday, October 14
Elections and Democracy in Cuba
Arnold August holds a Master’s degree in political science from McGill University, Montreal. The Montreal-based author, journalist and lecturer is the author of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections (Editorial José Martí, Havana, 1999). He has also contributed a chapter entitled “Socialism and Elections” to the edited collection Cuban Socialism in a New Century (University Press of Florida, 2004, Contemporary Cuba series edited by John Kirk). In 2013, Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion was co-published in English by Zed Books (UK) and Fernwood Publishing (Canada), distributed in the U.S. by The University of Chicago Press Books
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.