As we live through a pandemic, economic crisis, and widespread rebellion, do you want to learn more about how Marxist conceptions of historical change, political struggle, and liberation relate to the most pressing issues of our day? Over 150 years ago philosopher, economist, and activist Karl Marx’s work and thought on the root causes of these same issues went on to change history, with his ideas driving some of the most momentous political struggles in the last century against capitalism, racism, and imperialism.
Center for Political Education invites you to participate in a seven-part introduction to Marxist theory and practice. With the help of guest teachers and speakers, beginners to Marxism will work together to learn about:
*Marx’s critique of capitalism
*core concepts including political economy, historical materialism, and anti-imperialism
*revolutionary struggles from across the planet influenced by Marxist ideas
*examples of local organizing through a Marxist lens
Our current political moment presents challenges that compel our movements to adopt a rigorous approach to understanding how capitalism works, what and who advances history, and how to chart a vision for better world. Take up this challenge with Marxism 101.
The class sessions will be held virtually on Saturdays from 10:30am-1:30pm (PDT) on the following dates:
Space in Marxism 101 will be limited. If you’re interested in participating, please take a moment to fill out an application form thoroughly by Wednesday, September 9 by 5pm (PDT), so we can get a sense of who you are and why you are interested in taking this class. The information you provide will help us tailor the sessions to the group’s needs. While everyone should feel free to apply for this class, preference will be given to beginners to Marxism, and members of people of color-led organizations.
Accessibility Information: Live transcription, language interpretation (including ASL), and other accessibility supports will be provided upon request (please make sure to note your accessibility needs in your application).
Art by Cuban Artist René Mederos, “Vietnam Shall Win” (1971)