Upcoming talks by noted Marxist scholars

You shall be happy to know that we shall be having among ourselves popular Marxian scholars with repute, Marta Harnecker and Michael Lebowitz in Kolkata. They are expected to arrive on 17th March evening and leaving on 20th March, morning. We can organise some programmes with them and hear from them about their ideas and experiences. Based on their important publications and in consultation with them a preliminary programme is outlined as follows:
  • 18th March, 9AM to 1PM Mini-Workshop on Political Economy of Working Class (based on your book - Beyond Capital) with lectures by Michael Lebowitz followed by interactions.
  • 18th March, 2PM to 6PM Mini-Workshop on Rebuilding the Left (based on books Part II, III and Section 13 of Part IV of Rebuilding the Left and Part III of Forthcoming Book, A World to Build) with lectures by Marta Harnecker followed by interactions.
  • 19th March, 9AM to 1PM Mini-Workshop on Contradictions of Real Socialism (based on book The Contradictions of Real Socialism - The Conductor and The Conducted) with lectures by Michael Lebowitz followed by interactions.
  • 19th March 3PM onwards Public Speeches by Marta Harnecker and Michael Lebowitz on Socialism today, Latin American experiences etc.
This is a letter of request to you all for considering your participation. Please confirm the same. The mini-workshops are planned at 'Lokayat Sabhaghar' at 37, Ripon Street, Kolkata. The public programme may be held at Derozio Hall, Presidency University. We should be frank to tell you that for Marta & Michael's hospitality in Kolkata and in organising the programme, this time their is no chance to get any financial assistance as outside support. We did not let this opportunity of hearing them go. Therefore now it is your call, our call, how we raise the fund for the programmes. Please send advices and commitments towards resource mobilisation, along with any other recommendations (regarding programme, topic, venue etc).

Looking for your best of the co-operations and active participations as an organiser.

With thanks
Bodhisatwa Ray


Marta Harnecker is a Chilean psychologist, writer, journalist and among the most prominent investigators and analysts of the experience of social transformation in Latin America. She was a student of Louis Althusser.After her return to Chile in 1968 she began a life-long process of spreading the ideas of Marxism, specifically in forms most likely to be of use in the training of revolutionary workers and peasants. She got caught up in the fall of president Salvador Allende and the coup by General Augusto Pinochet and was forced into exile in Cuba where she became Director of the research center “Memoria Popular Latinoamericana” (MEPLA) in Havana. She is the author of more than eighty books.
Since the 1980s, she has dedicated a great part of her time to collecting the testimony of revolutionaries. Her book Haciendo camino al andar, which brings together various experiences of popular participation at the local government level in Latin America (Brazil, Venezuela, and Uruguay), won the 2006 National Book Prize in Venezuela.
She now lives in Caracas, Venezuela, Havana, Cuba, Chile in rotation. Based at the Centro Internacional Miranda research institute, she serves as an advisor to various Venezuelan institutions. Among her recent publications is Hugo Chávez Frías: un hombre, un pueblo (2002), published in English by Monthly Review Press as Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution: Hugo Chávez Talks with Marta Harnecker (2005).
Michael A. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada and the author of The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted, The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, Build It Now: Socialism for the 21st Century. His work Following Marx: Method, Critique and Crisis has been published in prestigious Historical Materialism Book Series and another Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class has recieved Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize for year 2004. He is also a regular contributor in Monthly Review, Socialist Register, Science and Society and other international Marxist Journals.