History Behind the Headlines: Socialism

History Behind the Headlines: Socialism

Date(s) - Nov 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Center for Jewish History



Embraced by some, deplored by others, misunderstood by many, socialism is back and it’s a hot topic in presidential politics. Increasingly popular with younger voters, the growing movement is changing the national conversation and potentially, the Democratic party. But when a recent Gallup poll asked Americans what socialism actually is, answers varied wildly. Whether portrayed as a solution to economic inequality or a renewed threat to the future of the nation, the “S” word insults, inspires, and stubbornly defies a one-size-fits-all definition.

Now the subject of an all-star panel discussion at the Center for Jewish History on November 12th at 7 pm, History Behind the Headlines: Socialism examines the polarizing resurgence of socialism today, its historic successes and devastating failures, and how New York’s primarily Jewish socialist movement paved the way for change a century ago. As we approach the 2020 presidential election, History Behind the Headlines: Socialism is the first in a series of programs designed to look at today’s political issues against the backdrop of history.Jane Eisner, former Editor-in-Chief of the Forward and Columbia Journalism School Director of Academic Affairs, moderates a spirited discussion with Washington Post columnist Catherine RampellNew York Post columnist Karol MarkowiczUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of American Jewish History Tony Michels; and former Deputy Director of the Democratic Socialists of America David Duhalde.

Presented by the Center for Jewish History, the American Jewish Historical Society & The Workmen’s Circle.