CARRY IT ON: The Radical Imagination -- Past & Present


CORNEL WEST – Keynote Address

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Friday, November 19, 2021


Keynote Speaker:

Cornel West


About the Conference:
This conference examined the broad scope of Stanley Aronowitz’ work, especially with regard to the labor movement and class consciousness; science and technology; cultural matters; and educational theory and practice.​ At the heart of Aronowitz’ wide ranging scholarship and activism was his commitment to the liberation of the working class and the oppressed.​
About Stanley Aronowitz:
Stanley Aronowitz was a towering figure on the American Left over the past sixty years. Beginning with his early contributions to the Port Huron Statement in 1962, weekly commentary for the US Guardian, and the publication of the provocative False Promises: The Shaping of American Working-Class Consciousness in 1973, Aronowitz remained engaged throughout his career as a militant union organizer, social and political theorist, and mentor to hundreds of graduate students.  Before his passing, Aronowitz was Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center and the School of Labor and Urban Studies at the City University of New York.




Keynote Address:

Cornel West


Panel 1:  “A Life of Radical Imagination”

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Michael Pelias

Chair:  Gregory Mantsios


Panel 2:  “From False Promises to the New Workers’ Movement”

Jamie McCallum

Joe McDermott

Ed Ott

Chair:  Ruth Milkman


Panel 3: “Education and Culture Still Under Siege: Dead Artists, Dead Pedagogies and Live Theories”

Andrew Anastasi

Lynn Chancer

Michelle Fine

Kristin Lawler

Chair:  Michael Pelias


Panel 4: “Remembering Stanley Aronowitz: Reflections from Students and Activists” 


Panel 5: “Technology, Time, and Work: Science as Power”

B. Ricardo Brown

Patricia Clough

David VanArsdale

Chair Michael Menser


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