Does the Left Have a Future?
2017–2018 Dean's Lecture in the Social Sciences
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, a professor of history at Georgetown University and expert in US politics and social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, discusses how this crisis occurred and reflects on how the left—both radical and liberal—might move forward again.
Introduced by Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
This is a 2017–2018 Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture.