Socialist Scholars Conference 1992

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The tenth annual Socialist Scholars Conference was held on April 24 - 26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City, NY.[1]

Planning Committee

All white/All male Panels

The planning committee included a note in on the second page of the conference booklet, expressing their frustration that some of the panels contained all white, or all male speakers:[1]

"The Socialist Scholars Conference Planning Committee wishes to make clear that we do not intend to schedule all white and/or all male panels. We ahve repeatedly communicated this policy to the organizers of the panels. To our regret a substantial number of organizers have submitted such panels despite our stated policy.
To date we have not censored panels, however at future conferences all white and/or all male panels will not be scheduled unless an explicit, written explanation is given for this situation. The planning committee refuses to continue accepting the blame for other people's insensitivity to gender and race."

Plenaries

The following is a list of the sessions held at the conference:[2]

Opening Plenary

The opening plenary was held on Friday night and was entitled "Whose New World Order?" Speaking at the plenary were Bernie Sanders, Member of Congress, Vermont; Joseph S. Murphy, Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center; Bogdan Denitch, DSA; Dennis Rivera, president, Local 1199 Health & Hospital Workers Union; Ellen Willis, author, "Beginning to See the Light"; and Kim Adams, who moderated the session.

Multiculturalism or Melting Pot? Fighting the "PC" Bashers

Bill Keach, Ashley Smith, Hillary Scott and Libero Della Piana were speakers on the Multiculturalism or Melting Pot? Fighting the "PC" Bashers panel sponsored by the International Socialist Organization.

Carnival is Color: Afro-Caribbean American Culture

Pat Belcon, Jerome DeRomanet Mary Curry and Richard McCarthy were speakers on the Carnival is Color: Afro-Caribbean American Culture panel sponsored by Multicultural Music Exchange Program.

Curriculum of Inclusion or... Curriculum of Struggle?

Sam Anderson, New School for Social Research; Abdul Alkalimat, Barbara Omalade, Center for Worker Education; Bill Sales, Gerald Horne, Horace Campbell, Jimmy Garrett, Muhammad Ahmad, Ron Bailey, Jim Turner and Mack Jones were speakers on the Curriculum of Inclusion or... Curriculum of Struggle? panel sponsored by the Antiracist Curriculum Collaborative and the Network of Black Organizations.

Left Perspectives on the Collapse of the Eastern Bloc

Nancy Holmstrom, Against the Current, Carl Bloice, People's Daily World Moscow Correspondent, Ernest Mandel, Marxist Economist, Bogdan Denitch and Keitha Fine, East European Cultural Endowment were speakers on the Left Perspectives on the Collapse of the Eastern Bloc panel sponsored by Against the Current and Bulletin in Defense of Marxism at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[3]

Crisis and New Directions of the Organized Left

Carl Bloice spoke alongside David McReynolds, Socialist Dialogue, Max Elbaum, CrossRoads, Judith Pasternak, Committees of Correspondence and Annette Rubinstein, New York Marxist School on the Crisis and New Directions of the Organized Left panel sponsored by CrossRoads and Socialist Dialogue.

The Leninist Party: Authoritarian or Revolutionary?

Erwin Marquit, Editor, Nature Society & Theory; Paul Le Blanc; Ahmed Shawki, International Socialist Organization and Sam Farber were speakers on the The Leninist Party: Authoritarian or Revolutionary? panel sponsored by the International Socialist Organization and Fourth International Tendency.

What road for the Left?

Wayne Sing-Wai, CUNY; Michael Lighty, Director, Democratic Socialists of America; Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY, Charlene Mitchell, Committees of Correspondence, Aldyn McKean, ACT UP and Lynne Chancer were speakers on the What road for the Left? panel.

Democracy in the Left

Ethan Young, CrossRoads; Gil Green, Committees of Correspondence; David McReynolds, Socialist Party USA; Barbara Ehrenreich, Democratic Socialists of America and Paul Robeson Jr. were speakers on the Democracy in the Left panel sponsored by Socialist Dialogue.

92 Elections: Boycott, Third Party, or the Democrats?

Arthur Kinoy and Frances Fox Piven, Irving Beinin were speakers on the The Left & the '92 Elections: Boycott, Third Party, or the Democrats? panel sponsored by Socialist Dialogue.

300 Years after Salem/10 Years after Barnard: The Struggle for Sexual Expression

Lynn Chancer, Vivian Forlander, Joan Nestle, Lesbian Herstory Archives and Sheldon Ranz, Adult Video Consultant were speakers on the 300 Years after Salem/10 Years after Barnard: The Struggle for Sexual Expression panel at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.

Self-Censorship in the Classroom and Forms of Resistance

Lynn Chancer spoke alongside Dawn Esposito, Barbara Sholler, Lorraine Cohen and Margaret Yard on the Self-Censorship in the Classroom and Forms of Resistance panel sponsored by Social Text.

Facets of Student & Youth Politics

Jeff Lacher and Karen Marie Gibson of the DSA Youth Section, J. Hughes, Democratic Socialists of America and Shari Ellis were speakers on the Facets of Student & Youth Politics panel sponsored by DSA Youth Section.

Roundtable on Race and Violence

Mini Liu, Committee of Asian Americans Against Violence; Juanita Webster, Democratic Socialists of America; Jose Morin; Ron Wheeler; Chezia Carraway and Suzanne Chendy, Center for Constitutional Rights were speakers on the Roundtable on Race and Violence panel sponsored by DSA African American Commission.

We Need to Talk about Right and Wrong

Joseph Walsh, Bob Stone, Ron Aronson and Gail Presbey were speakers on the We Need to Talk about Right and Wrong panel sponsored by the Radical Philosophy Association.

Reports from the Front: The State of the Struggle for National Health Care

Michael Lighty, Democratic Socialists of America and Shari Ellis were speakers on the Reports from the Front: The State of the Struggle for National Health Care panel sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America.

Towards a Socialist Economy

David Belkin, Manhattan Borough President's Office; Joanne Barkan, writer, Dissent; Lynne Mosley and Mark Levinson, Democratic Socialists of America were speakers on the Towards a Socialist Economy panel sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America.

The 92' Presidential Election: What's a Democratic Socialist To Do?

Jo-Ann Mort, Democratic Socialists of America, James Weinstein, Editor, In These Times, Chris Owens, Chair, Paul Robeson Independent Democrats, Steve Max, Midwest Academy and L. Donelle Gladwin, DSA Youth Section were speakers on the The 92' Presidential Election: What's a Democratic Socialist To Do? panel sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America.

Racial Politics and the Democrats: '92

Frances Fox Piven spoke alongside Jim Sleeper, Jerry Watts and Ray Franklin on the Racial Politics and the Democrats: '92 panel sponsored by the Michael Harrington Center.

Socialism in Our Time: Where is the Socialist Party Now?

David McReynolds, Co-Chair, Socialist Party USA, Sara Bowling, Labor Organizer, Socialist Party USA, Karen Kubby, Councilperson, Iowa City and John Martin Winter, Socialist Party USA were speakers on the Socialism in Our Time: Where is the Socialist Party Now? panel sponsored by the Socialist Party USA.

Towards a New Party

Elaine Bernard and Kurt Stand of Democratic Socialists of America, Arthur Lipow, Michael Harrington Center; and Judy Page, New Party were speakers on the Towards a New Party panel sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[4] Bernard and Page were later active in the New Party, while Stand later jailed as an East German and Soviet spy.

What's Left of the Socialist Project?

Elaine Bernard spoke alongside Daniel Singer in the closing plenary entitled What's Left of the Socialist Project?.

Globalization and Delinking

Paul Sweezy, Monthly Review, Daniel Singer, European Correspondent for The Nation, Samir Amin, Senegal and Leo Panitch, York University, Toronto were speakers on the Globalization and Delinking panel sponsored by Monthly Review and Socialist Register.

Socialism North South/East West

Daniel Singer spoke alongside Robin Blackburn, editor, New Left Review; Maria Celia Paoli and Pablo Gonzalez Casanova on the Socialism North South/East West panel.

What Future for the Socialist Idea?

Daniel Singer spoke alongside Paul Berman, Editor, Debating P.C., Ray Franklin, Michael Harrington Center, Joanne Barkan, Editorial Board, Dissent and Cornel West on the What Future for the Socialist Idea? panel sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America and the Michael Harrington Center.

The '92 Elections & Left Electoral Strategies

Max Elbaum spoke alongside Ellen David-Freidman, Progressive Vermont Alliance; Robert Fitrakis, Columbus Democratic Socialists of America; Irwin Silber, Editorial Board, CrossRoads and James Steele, Breakthrough Political Consulting Services on the The '92 Elections & Left Electoral Strategies panel sponsored by CrossRoads.

Politics of Identity; Ethnicity and Democracy

Todd Gitlin, University of California, Berkley was a speaker on the Politics of Identity; Ethnicity and Democracy panel sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America.

The National Writers Union

Phil Matera, National Writers Union; Jonothan Tasini, President, National Writers Union and Russell Miller, Co-Chair, National Writers Union Journal were speakers on the The National Writers Union panel sponsored by the The National Writers Union.

Latino Politics in the United States

Roberto Rodriguez, Center for Puerto Rican Studies and Carlos Munoz were speakers on the Latino Politics in the United States panel sponsored by the Committee for Cultural Studies.

The "Good Cops" USAID, NED Peace Corps & U.S. Foreign Policy

Terry Allen, Covert Action Information Bulletin; Meredith Turshin; Sean Gervasi and Charles MacMartin were speakers on the The "Good Cops" USAID, NED Peace Corps & U.S. Foreign Policy panel sponsored by the Covert Action Information Bulletin.

Science and Technology Under Capitalism: An Ecological View

Jim O'Connor, Don Amter, DSA Environmental Commission, Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY and Ariel Saleh were speakers on the Science and Technology Under Capitalism: An Ecological View panel sponsored by Social Text.

Urban Crisis and People of Color

Komozi Woodard, Walter Stafford, Lynne Mosley and Julianne Malveaux were speakers on the Urban Crisis and People of Color panel sponsored by the DSA African American Commission.

Whither Feminism: A Trans-Generational Dialogue

Patricia Mann, CUNY, Graduate Center, Ruth Spitz, SUNY, Empire State, Elayne Rapping, Adelphi University and Paula Kamen, Author, Feminist Fatale were speakers on the Whither Feminism: A Trans-Generational Dialogue panel sponsored by Social Text, Democratic Socialists of America, Radical Philosophy Association.

Economic Rights & Women's Employment in the U.S. and Germany

Sumner Rosen, Sheila Collins William, Helen Ginsburg and Gertrude Goldberg were speakers on the Economic Rights & Women's Employment in the U.S. and Germany panel sponsored by New Initiative for Full Employment.

Activism: College and Community

Florence Tager of Medgar Evans, Marissa Boyers, The Homeless Project, Timothy Fowler, Black and Hispanic Male Initiative and Charlotte Phoenix, Africana Center were speakers on the Activism: College and Community panel sponsored by Radical Teacher at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference.

Author Meets the Critics 1

Ray Franklin, Author, Shadows of Race and Class, Jerry Watts, Trinity College and William Kornblum were speakers on the Author Meets the Critics panel sponsored by the Michael Harrington Center.

Organizing the Unorganized: Youth voting, Activism & Empowerment

William Kornblum spoke alongside E. Kenya James; Terry Williams, New School for Social Research and Joan Morgan, Village Voice on the Organizing the Unorganized: Youth voting, Activism & Empowerment panel sponsored by the Masscult Research Group.

Urban Poverty: A Comparative Perspective

William Kornblum spoke alongside Arthur Lipow, Michael Harrington Center; Peter Townsend; Susan McGregor and Daniel Lazare were speakers on the Urban Poverty: A Comparative Perspective panel sponsored by the Michael Harrington Center.

Author Meets the Critics 1

Stanley Aronowitz spoke alongside Andrew Arato, New School for Social Research and Jean Cohen on the Author Meets the Critics panel sponsored by the Michael Harrington Center.

125th Anniversary of Marx's Capital

Andrew Kliman, Kevin Anderson, Roslyn Bologh, Paresh Chattopadhyay and Anwar Shaikh, New School for Social Research were speakers on the 125th Anniversary of Marx's Capital panel.

Electoral Politics & the Urban Crisis

Shakoor Aljuwani, Democratic Socialists of America, Ron Daniels, Presidential Candidate, Richie Perez, Community Service Society, Peggy Sheppard, Lynne Mosley, Komozi Woodard, Sarah Lawrence College and Walter Stafford, New York University were speakers on the Electoral Politics & the Urban Crisis panel sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America African American Commission.

New Directions in the U.S. Labor Movement

Steve Downs and Tim Schermerhorn of the Transport Workers Union Local 100; Phil Kwik, Labor Notes and Celia Rodriguez, Funding Exchange were speakers on the New Directions in the U.S. Labor Movement panel sponsored by Against the Current.

Relating Different Religious Traditions to Socialism

Andrew Hammer, Democratic Socialists of America; James Hughes, National Political Committee Member, Democratic Socialists of America; Sister Diane Drufenbrock, Vice-Chair, Socialist Party USA and Richard Schwartz were speakers on the Relating Different Religious Traditions to Socialism panel sponsored by DSA Religion and Socialism Commission.

The Politics of Security in a Disarming World

John G. Mason spoke at the conference alongside Michael Schiffer and Jim Chapin, World Hunger Year, Democratic Socialists of America on the The Politics of Security in a Disarming World panel sponsored by The Center for European Studies.

Racism and Affirmative Action

Gertrude Ezorsky, Author, Racism and Justice, Andrew Hacker, CUNY, Queens College, Stephen Steinberg, CUNY, Graduate Center, Reginald Wilson, American Council on Education were speakers on the Racism and Affirmative Action panel sponsored by New Politics.

The Backlash Against Feminism

Ellen Willis spoke alongside Barbara Ehrenreich on the The Backlash Against Feminism panel sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America.

What's Left in Detroit

Robert Mast, Democratic Socialists of America, Herb Boyd, The Guardian, Dan Georgkas and Michael Smith were speakers on the What's Left in Detroit panel sponsored by CUNY and Democratic Socialists of America.

Imperialism and the New World Order

Harry Magdoff, Monthly Review, Bill Tabb, Queens College, Renate Bridenthal, Brooklyn College and Samir Amin, Senegal were speakers on the Imperialism and the New World Order panel sponsored by Monthly Review.

After the NLRB, What? Union Organizing in the 1990s

Amy Gladstein; Paul Filson, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; Josh Freeman and Ed Bruno, United Electrical Workers were speakers on the After the NLRB, What? Union Organizing in the 1990s panel sponsored by the Workers Defense League.

Religion and Economic Justice

Michael Zweig; Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun; Pamela Brubaker and Larry Rasmussen, Union Theological Seminary were speakers on the Religion and Economic Justice panel.

Cultural Difference, Gender & Rights

Julie Peters, Jean Cohen, Martha Fineman and Kendall Thomas, all of Columbia University were speakers on the Cultural Difference, Gender & Rights panel sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America and the City University of New York.

Rethinking the History of Communism: 1910 - 1992

Rosalyn Baxandall, Michael E. Brown, Annette Rubinstein, editor, Science and Society and Anders Stephanson were speakers on the Rethinking the History of Communism: 1910 - 1992 panel sponsored by Research Group on Socialism and Democracy.

Political Correctness? Right Wing Offensive & Socialist Responses

Elayne Rapping spoke alongside Ellen Schreker and Chris Phelps on the Political Correctness? Right Wing Offensive & Socialist Responses panel.

Social and Economic Impact of the European Union

Aristide Zolhberg, New School for Social Research, Peter Townsend, Luciana Castellina, Member, European Parliament and Hans Janitscheck, Socialist International were speakers on the Social and Economic Impact of the European Union panel sponsored by the Michael Harrington Center.

Europe & Africa: 500 Years of Struggle

Horace Campbell spoke alongside Tajudeen Abdul Rahim, Africa World View, Fatima Babiker Muhammed, Jario Arrow, Ludo Martens and Winston James on the Europe & Africa: 500 Years of Struggle panel.

Puerto Rico's Colonial Dilema: Defining Political Status and Interests

Edwin Melendez; Pedro Caban; Salina Romany, CUNY; Ruben Auger and Palmira Rios, New School for Social Research were speakers on the Puerto Rico's Colonial Dilemma: Defining Political Status and Interests panel sponsored by South End Press.

The Movement for a National Health Care Program

Gene Carroll, NY Jobs with Justice, Oliver Fein, Physicians for a National Health Plan, Eric Larsen, New York Medical College, Edwin Levine, Gray Panthers, Martha Livingston, SUNY, Old Westbury were speakers on the The Movement for a National Health Care Program panel.

Revolution in the Teamsters: Lessons for Labor

Cal Winslow, Michael Harrington Center, Steve Early, CWA, Region #1, Susan Jenicks, Association for Union Democracy, Ted Katsaros, Teamsters Local 282 and Mike Ruscigno, Teamsters Local 138 were speakers on the Revolution in the Teamsters: Lessons for Labor panel sponsored by the Michael Harrington Center.

Puerto Rico: Microcosm of Independence Struggle for Culture and Identity

Frances Aparicio, Alfredo Lopez and Elias Castro were speakers on the Puerto Rico: Microcosm of Independence Struggle for Culture and Identity panel sponsored by the South End Press.

Left Perspectives on the North American Free Trade Act

Katherine Kanzanas, New School for Social Research; Anwar Shaikh, New School for Social Research and Kim Moody, Labor Notes, Solidarity were speakers on the Left Perspectives on the North American Free Trade Act panel sponsored by Against the Current.

End of Stalinism, Whither Socialism?

Hillel Ticktin; Susan Weissman, KPFK and Sam Farber were speakers on the End of Stalinism, Whither Socialism? panel.

Other Sessions

The following is a list of other sessions that occurred at the Conference:[2]

Reception

On April 25, 1992 Major Owens spoke at the reception at the Socialist Scholars Conference, where he was introduced by Moe Foner.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1992 Socialist Scholars Conference booklet
  2. 2.0 2.1 SSC Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  3. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  4. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992