The Murphy Institute and CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies have provided a unique venue for labor and community-based leaders and activists to engage in intellectually rigorous debate and discussion on the most pressing issues of our time.

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Our commitment to support the examination and resolution of the myriad struggles confronting poor and working-class communities lays the foundation for the Institute’s ambitious public programming, which attracts over 1,500 people annually and has featured:

  • Prominent SLU faculty, including Francis Fox Piven, Ruth Milkman, Deepak Bhargava, and John Mollenkopf.
  • Nationally renowned scholars, including Manning Marable, Lani Guinier, Rodolfo de la Garza, Adolf Reed, Patricia Williams, and Marie Gottschalk;
  • National and International Elected Officials, including Nydia Velazquez, Ruth Messenger, Fernando Ferrer, Melissa Mark-Viverito, British Member of Parliament John Eatwell, and former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff;
  • Civil and human rights leaders, including Reverend Al Sharpton, Benjamin Jealous, and Rigoberta Menchu;
  • Leaders of labor unions and federations from the U.S., Canada, France, Guatemala, India, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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GUEST SPEAKER:  Aaron Benanav – Author, Automation and the Future of Work (Verso 2020)

MODERATED BY:  Joel Suarez – Assistant Professor of Labor Studies, CUNY SLU

Leo Panitch – Professor at York University & Editor of The Socialist Register – joins Samir Sonti of CUNY SLU and New Labor Forum to discuss the political economy of the COVID crisis.

Going Big: Reversing Trump’s Agenda & Modernizing Labor Rights


Medicare for all and it’s competitors

Excerpt from “The Makings of a Progressive Foreign Policy” Forum

Zwelinzima Vavi Excerpt from TUED Climate Conference