Lectures

Does the Left Have a Future?

2017–2018 Dean's Lecture in the Social Sciences
Does the Left Have a Future?

Nearly everywhere in Europe and the United States, the left is mired in crisis: its intellectuals and activists strike defensive poses and debate how to revive the fortunes of a cause whose adherents once believed they could and would shape the future.

Michael Kazin will discuss how this crisis occurred and reflect on how the left, both radical and liberal, might move forward again.

Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown University, is an expert in US politics and social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of War against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918 and American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by the New Republic, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and the Progressive. He is editor of Dissent, a leading magazine of the American left since 1954.

Free and open to the public.

This is a 2017–2018 Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture.