The Russian Revolution: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Host/Sponsor: 
Science & Society, and the Union for Radical Political Economics
Room: 
1.124
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 4: 5:20pm - 7:10pm
Abstract: 
In October, Science&Society will publish a special issue commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Among its thoughtful and thought-provoking articles are the four offered in this panel. August Nimtz takes a close look at Lenin's analysis and use of electoral politics. Alexander Buzgalin reveals the Revolution's deep cultural awakening of activism and consciousness among the downtrodden and traces the contribution of "mutant socialism" to continuing human progress. Gerald Meyer reconsiders the complexity of Stalin as responsible for many of socialism's greatest achievements while brutally repressing those who opposed his policies. David Laibman evaluates the revolution's lasting effects on political thinking beyond romantic idealism and ritualistic pessimism.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Renate
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Bridenthal
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
August
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Nimtz Jr
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
University of Minnesota
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
August Nimtz is Professor of Political Science and African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota. His most recent writings include Lenin's Electoral Strategy (2 vols, 2014), "Violence and/or Nonviolence in the Success of the Civil Rights Movement" New Political Science (2016), and "A black socialist in Trump Country" Minneapolis Star Tribune (July, 2016). He is co-coordinator of the Minnesota Cuba Committee, in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Aleksandr
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Buzgalin
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Professor of Economics, Moscow State University; Editor, *Alternativy*.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Aleksandr Buzgalin is on the Faculty of Economics, Moscow State University, and Chair of Economic Theory and Political Economy. He is Editor of the quarterly journal "Alternatives," and an organizer of the influential annual Moscow Economic Forum. He is the author of more than 350 publications, including five books, including Global Equity (2004, 2007), and Limits to Capital (2009).
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Gerald
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Meyer
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Hostos Community College. (CUNY)
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Gerald Meyer, a founding member of the faculty of Hostos Com. Col. (CUNY), is the author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954 (which is in its fourth printing), and with Philip Cannistraro, co-editor of The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism. He has had published eighty articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects including intersection of radicalism and cultural minorities, culture and the Left, and the Communist movement. Gerald Meyer serves on the editorial boards of Socialism and Democracy and Science & Society, appears in documentaries, reviews manuscripts for publication, and lectures widely. He currently serves as co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
David
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Laibman
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Editor, Science & Society. Professor, Economics (Emeritus), City University of New York
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
David Laibman is Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at Brooklyn College and the Graduate School, City University of New York. He is also Editor of Science & Society, a quarterly interdisciplinary journal of Marxist scholarship, a post he has held since 1982. Laibman has written five books, most recently: Political Economy After Economics (Routledge, 2012); and Passion and Patience: Society, History and Revolutionary Vision (International Publishers, 2015).
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Al
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Campbell
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
S&S and URPE

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