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Russian Revolution Centennial 1917-2017
Date Sunday October 15
Time 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location Details
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph Avenue (near 66th Street)
Oakland, CA 94609
Event Type Class/Workshop
Organizer/AuthorInstitute for the Critical Study of Society
Emailcuyleruyle [at] mac.com
Phone510-332-3865
The Russian Revolution of 1917 is universally recognized as one of the most important events of the twentieth century. We have assembled a group of scholars to examine this world-shaking revolution from different perspectives. Their presentations reflect the speakers own views, not any kind of group consensus of members of the Institute for the Critical Study of Society. This series of events runs for the next seven weeks.

Richard Becker: The Bolsheviks in Power: Three Indispensable Tasks
ABSTRACT: Following the seizure of power, the Bolsheviks were confronted with three immense and immediate tasks: building the new Red Army to defend the Soviet republic against a war of annihilation by the imperialist countries and domestic counter-revolutionaries; addressing a deep economic crisis and widespread hunger; and, reorganizing the left-wing of the world working class movement on a revolutionary basis through the Communist International. How did the Revolution survive against seemingly overwhelming odds?

Sharat G.Lin: Centennial Legacies of the Russian Revolution
ABSTRACT: The Russian Revolution remains arguably the single most important event of the past century, casting its legacy on every revolutionary social experiment on the planet, carrying lessons for the struggle for the survival of the revolution, creating an alternative advanced socio-economic model to capitalism, providing an umbrella for national liberation movements to throw off colonialism, shaping the balance of forces to the present day, and setting a pattern of democratic centralism. Each and every one of these aspects had its triumphs and its flaws.
Sharat G. Lin, PhD is a research fellow at the San José Peace and Justice Center and an advisor to the Initiative for Equality. He writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, the Middle East, South Asia, and public health.
Related article:
Sharat G. Lin, "On the Ninetieth Anniversary of the Russian Revolution: Why Socialism Did Not Fail", Monthly Review, 29 October 2007
https://mronline.org/2007/10/29/on-the-ninetieth-anniversary-of-the-russian-revolution-why-socialism-did-not-fail/

Moderator: Raj Sahai

Presentations will be followed by audience discussion.

Open to the public | Donations welcomed
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Added to the calendar on Saturday Oct 14th, 2017 9:56 AM
§Correction to Speakers
by Eugene E. Ruyle Saturday Oct 14th, 2017 7:29 PM
We made a mistake on the speakers. The first speaker will be Sharat G. Lin, Centennial Legacies of the Russian Revolution: Triumphs, Flaws, and Alternatives, as indicated.

The second speaker will be Gerald Smith, speaking on Art and the Russian Revolution
ABSTRACT: The Russian Revolution led to a burst of artistic creativity. Gerald Smith, a member of the Creative Lens Collective, will discuss various aspects of this revolutionary period in artistic history.

Richard Becker will speak on Sun, Oct 29, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, as follows:
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
• Richard Becker: The Bolsheviks in Power: Three Indispensable Tasks
ABSTRACT: Following the seizure of power, the Bolsheviks were confronted with three immense and immediate tasks: building the new Red Army to defend the Soviet republic against a war of annihilation by the imperialist countries and domestic counter-revolutionaries; addressing a deep economic crisis and widespread hunger; and, reorganizing the left-wing of the world working class movement on a revolutionary basis through the Communist International. How did the Revolution survive against seemingly overwhelming odds?

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. - Gene