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GSA Conference 2019 Keynote Speakers

Globalization & Technology: The Impact on Work & Class
Loyola University
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 East Pearson, Chicago

June 6-8, 2019

Carl Boggs is the author of twenty books in the fields of critical social and political theory, European politics, American politics, U. foreign and military policy, social movements, and film studies. He is currently professor of social sciences at National University in Los Angeles. After receiving his PhD in political science from UC, Berkeley, he has taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Carleton University in Ottawa, UCLA, USC, and Antioch University, Los Angeles. Previous books include: Drugs, Power, and Politics: Narco Wars, Big Pharma, and the Assault on Democracy (Paradigm, 2015); Ecology and Revolution (MacMillan, 2013), Empire versus Democracy (Routledge, 2012); Phantom Democracy: Corporate Interests and Political Power (Macmillan, 2011); The Crimes of Empire (Pluto, 2010); The Hollywood War Machine, with Tom Pollard (Paradigm, 2007); Imperial Delusions (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006); The End of Politics: Corporate Power and Decline of the Public Sphere (Guilford, 2000); The Socialist Tradition: from Crisis to Decline (Routledge, 1996); Social Movements and Political Power (Temple University Press, 1986), and The Two Marxisms: Antonio Gramsci and the Dilemmas of Western Marxism (South End Press, 1984). A second edition of The Hollywood War Machine (Routledge), was published in October 2015. Read more >>
Carl Davidson is a former student leader of the New Left of the 1960s, serving as a Vice President and National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society. From 1968 to 1976, he worked on the Guardian newsweekly as a writer and news editor. Born in 1943, he graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Penn State, and later taught and did graduate work at the University of Nebraska, between 1965 and 1966. Today he is a national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and a national board member of Solidarity Economy Network, advocating a mixture of market socialism and worker ownership. Recently Davidson led Progressives for Obama, now called Progressive America Rising, as an independent left-progressive initiative, in part to convince those on the radical left to pursue what he considers more pragmatic alternatives. He has also worked on a leadership level with United for Peace and Justice and its local affiliates. After organizing for many years in New York City and Chicago, he now resides in Beaver County, PA, near Pittsburgh, where he was born and raised. Read more >>
Immanuel Ness is a scholar of worker's organisation, mobilisation and politics and labour activist teaching at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His work has resulted in multiple stays abroad, primarily in North America, Asia, and Africa. His research focuses on worker's movements and party formation in the Global South. In 1990, he founded the New York Unemployed Committee. He is author and editor of numerous articles and academic and popular books on labour, worker insurgencies and trade unions. Notably, he worked with Mexican workers, unions, and community organizations in New York City to establish a Code of Conduct for migrant laborers in 2001 who were paid below minimum wage. Ness is co-editor of the Journal of Labor and Society, with Zak Cope. The Journal of Labor and Society, LANDS in short, is a quarterly peer-review social science publication founded in 1997 that examines global political economy, imperialism, workers and labor organisations, and assesses transformative social movements. Read more >>

Peter Phillips has been a professor of political sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994, former Director of Project Censored 1996 to 2010, and President of Media Freedom Foundation 2003 to 2017. He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored, co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006), editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism (1999 & 2004). His most recent book is Giants: The Global Power Elite. He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff from 2010 to 2017, originating from KPFA in Berkeley and airing on forty stations nationwide. He teaches courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Power, Sociological of Media, Sociology of Conspiracies and Investigative Sociology. He was winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1997 for Best Political Book, PEN Censorship Award 2008, Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications 2009, and the Pillar Human Rights Award from the National Associations of Whistleblowers 2014. He lives in a redwood forest near Bodega, California with his wife Mary Lia. Read more >>

Tom Pollard is a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at National University where he teaches history and sociology. He authored and co-authored seven books on popular culture and society, including Sex and Violence: The Hollywood Censorship Wars (Media and Power) (2010); Hollywood 9/11: Superheroes, Supervillains, and Super Disasters (2015); Loving Vampires: Our Undead Obsession (2016) and (with Carl Boggs); and The Hollywood War Machine: U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture (2016). He collaborates with Canadian documentary filmmaker Eva Wonderman, most recently on Edna’s Blood Line (2017). He resides in Berkeley, California and teaches “The Art of Film” at UC Berkeley Extension.

Lu Zhang's research and teaching concentrate on globalization, labor and labor movements, development, and the political economy of China and East Asia. More specifically, she is interested in the dynamism of global capitalism and the ways in which its transformations are reshaping the nature and landscape of work and employment, producing divergent forms of oppression and resistance, and recurrently creating its own crises at global, national, local, and shop-floor levels. Within this agenda, she has been pursuing four projects at the intersection of labor, globalization, and development studies: (1) labor politics and worker resistance in the Chinese automobile industry and in China more generally, along with the massive inflow of global capital and the particular approach of the Chinese state; (2) precarious work and politics of labor regulation in China through an exemplary case of temporary agency work; (3) how the movements of capital interact with labor politics and local development through a comparative case study of the global electronics industry from China’s coastal region to its interior and to Vietnam; and (4) China’s role in transnational regulation of labor standards. Read more >>


Giants: The Global Power Elite
By Peter Phillips

Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class
By Jeb Sprague

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