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Imperialism and the Left (UChicago, 1.16.20)

Panel discussion on the topic of "Imperialism and the Left" at the University of Chicago on January 16th, 2020, hosted by the Platypus Affiliated Society.


  • Earl Silbar
  • Gregory Lucero
  • Desmund Hui
  • Lou Sterrett


With the ousting of Morales in Bolivia, political repression in Hong Kong, and rising tensions with Iran, the question of Imperialism has posted itself with particular force in the last couple months.

Nevertheless, while all three have received much attention from the left, the commonality is not at all clear. What exactly is imperialism? And what constitutes (if at all) effective resistance to it? Finally how has the Left historically understood imperialism and has that understanding been lost?
This panel seeks to address these questions and more by bringing together both activists and academics. Q&A will follow the discussion.