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DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC
October 6, 2016, 5:15pm - John Hopkins University, Baltimore

For October 6, the Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, has invited Stefanie Ehmsen for the center’s annual lecture. The RLS−NYC co-director will talk about “Democratic Socialism on Both Sides of the Atlantic: A German Feminist Perspective.”

This topic is timely. Amidst political turmoil on both sides of the Atlantic, the popularity of the idea of “democratic socialism” has risen like Phoenix from the ashes. In the United States, the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders this past year has generated considerable attention, in particular among the younger generation. In Germany and, in fact, across Europe, a new breed of left, democratic socialist parties has emerged, the best known examples being Syriza (Greece), Podemos (Spain), and Die Linke (Germany). What is the political philosophy behind this trend, and what are the potentials as well as limits of these parties?

At the same time, the success of democratic socialism does not only depend on parties but also on vibrant social movements. But how do social movements—the labor movement, feminism, the climate justice or the racial justice movement—approach “democratic socialism” at a time of rapidly accelerating globalization? What do socialist policy responses actually look like? And how does the international work of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office fit into such global efforts?

October 6, 5:15pm
Max Kade Center
Gilman 50
Marjorie Fisher Hall
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

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