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BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St, New York, New York 10007
with Cornell West, Adolph Reed, Jr, and Heather Gautney.
Senator Bernie Sanders shocked the political establishment by winning 13 million votes and a majority of young voters in the 2016 Democratic primary. He emerged from the contest against Hillary Clinton as the most popular politician in the US, despite being a 75-year-old self-professed “democratic socialist.” What lessons can be drawn from this surprising but—in the end—losing campaign?
Tickets for this event are free, however due to limited space entry is on a first come first served basis. This event will be recorded.
Crashing the Party: From the Sanders Campaign to a Progressive Movement by Heather Gautney is available from Verso Books May 1st
This… event is cosponsored by Verso Books, Jacobin, and Fordham’s Department of Social Science.
About the speakers
Vermont resident Heather Gautney was a legislative fellow in Sanders’s Washington office and researcher and organizer for his presidential campaign. The author and editor of several books on social movements and American politics, she brings her academic expertise and left politics to bear on the scenes and conflicts she witnessed during the campaign. In reviewing what enabled Sanders to reach out to an unprecedented number of people with a socialist message—and what stalled his progress and radical punch—she draws lessons about the prospects and perils of building a leftist movement in the United States.Gautney’s reflections on the role that race and class played in this election cycle and analysis of where Democrats stand following Trump’s victory will serve as a useful starting point for many newly aware of the limitations of the Democratic party and the challenges ahead.
Cornel West is an American philosopher, author, critic, actor, civil rights activist and leading member of Democratic Socialists of America. Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University. He was an avid campaigner for Bernie Sanders and an outspoken critic of the Democratic Party.
Adolph Reed Jr. is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in race and American politics. He has taught at Yale, Northwestern, and the New School for Social Research and he has written on racial and economic inequality. He is a founding member of the U.S. Labor Party and a frequent contributor to The Progressive and The Nation.