What Does Marxist-Humanism Mean for Today?

Video of meeting at Loyola University Chicago featuring presentations by Peter McLaren (UCLA), David Schweickart (Loyola University), Sandra Rein (University of Alberta), Ba Karang (West Africa), Kevin Anderson (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Peter Hudis (Loyola University). We have also posted the written texts or summaries for some of the presentations.

Celebrating the Centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya  (1910-1987)

The announcement for this meeting stated: As the global crisis of capitalism deepens, so too does the search for alternatives to it. This brings to life the contributions of Raya Dunayevskaya, an uncompromising critic of capitalism in both its “free market” and statist forms. Born in Ukraine in 1910, she was Leon Trotsky’s Russian-language secretary during his exile in Mexico. After breaking from him, she developed the analysis of the USSR as a “state-capitalist” society, published the first English translation of parts of Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, and from the 1950s through the 1980s developed the philosophy of Marxist-Humanism in a number of pathbreaking works. Join us for a discussion of how her ideas speak to issues now being debated by feminists, critical race theorists, and many others searching for new pathways to liberation.  flyer

Convener: Lauren Langman, Sociology, Loyola University
Chair: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, author, Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking Toward a New Humanity


  • Peter McLaren, author, Life in Schools, University of California, Los Angeles [paper]
  • David Schweickart, author, After Capitalism, Loyola University [paper]
  • Sandra Rein, author, Reading Dunayevskaya: Engaging the Emergence of Marxist-Humanism, University of Alberta
  • Ba Karang, writer for Africa-Links, West Africa
  • Kevin Anderson, author, Marx at the Margins, University of California, Santa Barbara [paper]
  • Peter Hudis, co-editor, The Rosa Luxemburg Reader, Loyola University [paper]


What Does Marxist-Humanism Mean for Today? Celebrating the Centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya, Chicago, July 2, 2010 (Video 1 of 3):  Introductions by Lauren Langman (Loyola University) and Marilyn Nissim-Sabat (author of Neither Victim Nor Survivor), followed by the presentation by Peter McLaren (UCLA)



What Does Marxist-Humanism Mean for Today? Celebrating the Centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya, Chicago, July 2, 2010 (Video 2 of 3): Presentations by David Schweickart (Loyola University),  Sandra Rein (University of Alberta), and Ba Karang (West Africa)



What Does Marxist-Humanism Mean for Today? Celebrating the Centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya, Chicago, July 2, 2010 (Video 3 of 3): Presentations by Kevin Anderson (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Peter Hudis (Loyola University)


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