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Left Forum 2014

May 30 – June 1, 2014

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

524 West 59th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Imagining a World with Transformative Justice 

The world remains mired in the 7th year of capitalist crisis. The celebrated “recovery” benefits only the few who generated the crisis, while endless economic declines beset its victims, the vast majority. Economic, political and cultural inequalities deepen inside every country. Class divisions sharpen. Social injustice brings us all to breaking points.

Big business and the rich maximize social controls to protect and preserve their dominance. Everywhere they and their politicians impose austerities while reserving public resources to bail out banks and other failed mega-corporations. Capitalism’s “new normal” for most people features poor job and income prospects, unsustainable debts, ecological decline, and right-wingers aiming to deflect social discontent against their usual scapegoats.

Human and natural resources wasted and abused expose this system’s immense social costs. Even as the environmental crisis reaches epic proportions, the forces of capital either sit idly by or actively oppose serious measures to address it. We can surely do better than this system. The 1% have managed the crisis for their benefit.

The question is whether we can now solve the crisis and build a system that serves instead the 99%. This question is on the minds of millions now, more than at any time in half a century. The Left Forum 2014 offers a place for us to explore and debate our common needs for reforms, a revolution, or both.

As the system fails so many so badly, activists for democracy, sustainability, equality, and the abolition of oppression and exploitation increasingly grasp their shared demand for basic social justice. Fifty years of anti-communism, anti-radicalism, hesitant social criticism, and activists’ mutual suspicions are fading into irrelevance.

Pressing questions loom for justice-seeking social forces: What is to be done today when a reform brings us one step forward, while leaving other important struggles worse off in the process? What type of movements will it take to overcome such challenges? What type of institutions, systems and societal conditions are possible when transformed conditions of justice no longer take the forms of, “the aggrieved speaking to the grievance alleviators”? How do these issues raise the question of the relation of reform to revolution? More than ever, people know that a new and different world is urgently needed. How do we get there from here: reforms, revolution, or strategic combinations of both?

Please come analyze, debate, build, ally, and strategize at Left Forum, 2014.  

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The 20th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference
June 26 – 29, 2014
Community Engagement Center, UNOmaha
Omaha, Nebraska

The University of Nebraska at Omaha hosted the first PTO conference in 1995. In recognition of our twenty years of community engagement, UNO is welcoming PTO back as the first event to be held in the new Community Engagement Center. UNO will be one of the few civically engaged universities to have a dedicated facility for community engagement. We are excited and honored to be the inaugural event for this venue and look forward to seeing you all there!

Where have we been?
Where are we?
Where are we going?
(And HOW?)

WE are change-makers, educators, global activists, local leaders, artists, organizers, advocates, rabble-rousers, hair-raisers, instigators. WE are working in performance, literature, education, politics, advocacy, organizing, social work, healthcare, communities. WE are people who have come a long way and have a long way to go, coming together to review, reflect and reimagine.


The 20th Annual PTO Conference is:

A celebration of what we have done, a look at where we are, and a challenge to move forward.

An opportunity to gather with experienced artists, activists, teachers and friends, and a challenge to expand our efforts and our community.

An opportunity to share our experience, and a challenge to develop new ways of dismantling systems of oppression and promoting critical thinking and social justice through liberatory theatre and popular education.

For twenty years Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed conferences have been a place to gather, dialogue, explore, express, share, learn, teach, develop and build community. In this exciting moment the history and significance of our work in education, in theatre, in combating local and global oppression, in political struggle, in social justice, in community organizing, in scholarship, in performance certainly deserves critical review and celebration.

But even more, we need to know HOW to move forward—how to modify, extend, and apply theory and practice of Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Theatre of the Oppressed to challenge both old and ever-changing forms of oppression, and how to transform dehumanizing systems into those that move toward social and economic freedom and justice.

We are asking you to consider these questions and shape these important dialogues by submitting proposals, papers, discussions, performances, workshops, debates, you name it, for presentation at the conference. Share your techniques, report on your projects, explore ideas for the future, seek assistance in meeting challenges, get constructive critique of your efforts, and raise new questions about the where’s and how’s of the struggle against oppression through theatre and education.

Come to the Conference in Omaha—yes, back in Omaha where this all started twenty years ago!—and engage in the celebrations and struggles, through practical workshops, physical explorations, learning opportunities, keynote presentations, performances, and countless discussions of our most pressing questions.

The power to transform the world lies with us—let’s multiply that power when we gather together for the 20th Annual PTO Conference!

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