Friday, May 14, 2010

New speakers confirmed for the SOCIALISM 2010 CONFERENCE!

Breaking news: Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn will be speaking at BOTH Socialism conferences! He will be reading from and discussing portions of his critically acclaimed "Essays", published by Haymarket Books.

Also confirmed to speak are Chris Hedges, Anand Gopal, Dan La Botz, and Nativo Lopez.

Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor (Star Trek, Gossip Girl, The Princess Bride, Toy Story). His plays, The Designated Mourner and Marie and Bruce, have recently been produced as films. He is co-author of the movie My Dinner with Andre and author of the plays The Fever, The Designated Mourner, Aunt Dan and Lemon, and Grasses of a Thousand Colours.
Chris Hedges is a weekly columnist on Truthdig, and a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.
Anand Gopal has reported from Afghanistan on the U.S. intervention there for The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, the Nation magazine and a number of other outlets. His dispatches can be found at
Dan La Botz is a prominent socialist, labor union activist, academic, journalist, and author in the United States. He was a co-founder of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and has written extensively on worker rights in the United States and Mexico. He is currently running for a seat in the United States Senate for the Socialist Party of Ohio.
Nativo Lopez is a leading immigrant rights activist in Southern California. Lopez is the president of the Mexican American Political Association and the new General Brotherhood of Workers International Union. He is currently facing prosecution on trumped-up voting fraud charges. You can read an interview with him about the anti-immigrant Arizona billhere, and an interview about his work with the workers at Overhill Farms here.

View all the speakers who will be at Socialism 2010!

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