Joanne Barkan

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Joanne Barkan

Joanne Barkan is a prominent socialist activist and the author of Visions of Emancipation: The Italian Workers' Movement Since 1945 (Praeger). She is a freelance writer living in New York City and Truro, Massachusetts, focusing on politics, economics and fiction for children.

Merger negotiating committee

After intensive debate, the 1980 New American Movement Convention passed a resolution (by a 2-1. margin) calling for negotiations with Democratic Socialists Organizing Committee, the election of a Negotiating Committee, and the development of a Negotiating Document. Frank Ackerman, Joanne Barkan, David Dollar, Richard Healey, Anne Hill, Katherine Kennedy, Roberta Lynch, and Liz Weston were elected to the Negotiating Committee. Holly Graff was added as the ex officio Political Committee member, and John Beverly became the first alternate. In the fall of 1980 this Committee developed a Negotiating Document which was reviewed by chapters and then amended and approved (by a ninety per cent margin) at the December National Council meeting.[1]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Michael Harrington, National Chair, Democratic Socialists Organizing Committee; Roberta Lynch, NAM National Leader; Eqbal Ahmed, Transnational Institute and Joanne Barkan, NY NAM spoke on a mini-plenary entitled New Dangers, New Opportunities: Building a Socialist Politics for the '80's at the 10th Convention of the New American Movement. The convention was held in a union headquarters in Chicago and ran from July 29 - August 2, 1981.[2]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Joanne Barkan was a New York delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[3]

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985, Joanne Barkan of New York was listed as a member of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

In 1986 she was listed as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Commission.[5]



In 1990 Joanne Barkan served on the DSA National Political Committee.

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[6]

Developments in the USSR and Eastern Europe and their Significance for Western Europe and the US Left

DSA member

In 1990, Joanne Barkan was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.[7].

In 1993 Joanne Barkan was a member of New York City Democratic Socialists of America.[8]

In 1994 Joanne Barkan was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She was named as a veteran New American Movement and Democratic Socialists of America activist, and as a former executive editor of Dissent magazine.[9]

Democratic Left

In 1991, the Editorial Committee of Democratic Left, the journal of Democratic Socialists of America, consisted of Joanne Barkan, Sherri Levine, Neil McLaughlin, Maxine Phillips, Jan Rosenberg and Mitch Horowitz.[10]

Socialist Scholars Conference

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

Barkan also spoke alongside David Belkin, Manhattan Borough President's Office; Lynne Mosley and Mark Levinson, Democratic Socialists of America on the Towards a Socialist Economy panel sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America.[11]

"Dissent" magazine

In 2009 the Democratic Socialists of America aligned Dissent Magazine masthead[12] Editorial Board members were;

Bernard Avishai, Joanne Barkan, David Bensman, Marshall Berman, Paul Berman , H Brand, David Bromwich, Luther Carpenter , Jean L Cohen, Mitchell Cohen, Bogdan Denitch , Jeff Faux, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Todd Gitlin, Murray Hausknecht, Agnes Heller, Jeffrey Isaac, Michael Kazin , Martin Kilson, Erazim Kohak, William Kornblum, Jeremy Larner, Susie Linfield, Kevin Mattson, Deborah Meier, Harold Meyerson, Nicolaus Mills , Jo-Ann Mort, Brian Morton, Carol O'Cleireacain, George Packer, Martin Peretz, Anson Rabinbach, Ruth Rosen, James Rule, Alan Ryan, Patricia Cayo Sexton, Jim Sleeper, Ann Snitow, Cornel West, Sean Wilentz, Dennis Wrong.


  1. NAM Discussion Bulletin No 5, Spring 81, page 1
  2. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  3. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  4. DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
  5. 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory
  6. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  7. 8th Socialist Scholars Conference, April 6-8 1990, conference program
  8. Dem. Left, July/ Aug. 1993, page 13
  9. Revised list of committees of the 1994-1995 DSA National Political Committee
  10. Democratic Left, Jan/Feb 1991, page 3
  11. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992