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TOWARD A POLITICS OF SOLIDARITY – LEFT FORUM 2011

PACE UNIVERSITY

MARCH 18-20 2011

NEW YORK CITY

We would like you to consider proposing a panel for the upcoming Left Forum conference at Pace University in New York City, March 18-20, 2011. The deadline for submission is January 15th. We ask that you submit your proposals as soon as you can.

This year’s theme is “Toward a Politics of Solidarity”.

This theme speaks to a rising concern among leftists, progressives, social movement organizers, and radicals: rather than energizing the forces of progressive change, the Obama administration has left many of us politically fragmented, if not deflated. The theme, and its appeal to forge greater bonds between us, encourages an active stance to overcome such conditions as the corporate control over a media that gives an abundance of coverage to the Right while giving the Left little to none.

And while it is a theme that can brace us for what might well come after the Obama era, it is also a call to consider what we must do to prepare for that eventuality today. The theme conveys a message about the importance of dialogue, conciliation (e.g., of recognizing and addressing differences), reaching out, alliance building, and overcoming tough times. 

All are needed now. 

As you know, developing your panel topic, getting commitments from speakers, and preparing an engaged diverse panel experience takes a lot of time. When panel proposals are submitted near or after the deadline (January 15th), our small office staff is overwhelmed, and we are hindered in helping you in all the ways that we can. Hundreds of panel organizers work together each year to make the conference possible. Please consider starting this process right away by proposing a panel as soon as possible. To do that go to our website ( www.leftforum.org) and follow the panel submission instructions, or click any of the links below. Note too that we have a new revamped website; more on that later.

how to submit a panel

Please feel free to call me or other conference organizers in the office if you have any questions.  I look forward to working with you and seeing you at the conference.

In Solidarity,

Seth Adler
Conference Coordinator
212 817-2003

P.S. Please forward this Call to colleagues, listserves, organizers and others you feel could propose and organize a panel.

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Left Forum

Left Forum

LEFT FORUM CONFERENCE 2010

 

A message from Seth Adler

Dear past Left Forum panel organizers, speakers, and friends,

I am pleased to be getting back in touch with you after you helped make last year’s conference the best attended Left Forum yet.

We would like you to consider proposing a panel for the upcoming Left Forum conference at Pace University in New York City March 19-21, 2010, and we look forward to working with you in the panel and conference organizing process.  Consider starting this process right away by proposing a panel in any of the following ways: go to our website (http://www.leftforum.org) and follow the panel submission instructions (by clicking call for panels or panel instructions), email us at panels@leftforum.org, or call our office (212 817-2003).

The last conference marked one of the most diverse and engaged left dialogue experiences to date. This year, with “recovery” of capitalist crisis meaning bailouts for the banks and continued suffering for working people, a new stridency in right wing voices, and a conservative tilt in Washington politics as a backdrop, we offer the following conference theme as one point of collaborative reference. The theme is “The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination” (for the 2010 thematic statement click here).

This year we have an easier and more accessible online panel submission process that you will find on our website by clicking this link: call for panels. I am also happy to say that we will include bios and other panel information online and in the program, to ensure maximum turnout and awareness of the content of your panel. Also, among many panel options, one that often draws large audiences is when panel organizers secure speakers with respectfully different perspectives on the same topic or politics; such dialogues also inspire spirited audience participation.

Your participation is vital if we are to continue to strengthen the Left Forum space for critical political dialogue.

Feel free to call me or other conference organizers in the office if you have any questions.  Please note the panel submission deadline is December 1st and you must have a panel description proposed by then. We urge you to get started now. It takes a while to get ideas and people together for a strong proposal.

In Solidarity,
Seth Adler
Conference coordinator
212 817-2003

Left Forum: http://www.leftforum.org/

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