To celebrate our centenary on 1 August 2020, the Communist Party hosts a series of free, online lectures every evening from Friday 24 – Friday 31 July to provoke and inspire the imagination.
Some of the most interesting and engaging thinkers and writers on the left today will discuss the Covid-19 pandemic and the class struggle in our lives.
Capitalism delivers social lockdown and economic shutdown at home, imperialist belligerence abroad. Only class politics offers us a perspective on our common experience of social isolation, alienation and the morbid symptoms of neoliberalism. In order to grasp possibilities for change and engage with those who question the viability of capitalism itself a battle of ideas is necessary.
DATE: Friday 24 July – 19.00 hrs
Apocalypse! Pandemic and Pandemonium in Public History and Imagination
SPEAKER: JAMES CROSSLEY historian, on religion, politics and the English radical tradition
DATE: Saturday 25 July – 19.00 hrs
Vital Signs: Literature post-Covid
SPEAKER: JAN WOOLF playwright and cultural activist on writing opportunities and losses
DATE: Sunday 26 July – 19.00 hrs
Probing the Pandemic: Outstanding Questions
SPEAKER: HELENA SHEEHAN philosopher, on what the pandemic reveals about us and science
DATE: Monday 27 July – 19.00 hrs
The Pandemic compels the Left to break from Liberalism
SPEAKER: KEVIN OVENDEN writer, on bankrupt radical liberalism and a return to class politics
DATE: Tuesday 28 July – 19.00 hrs
‘A great and terrible world’: Crisis, Class and Coronavirus
SPEAKER: HOWARD STEVENSON on Gramsci’s ideas of conjunctural and organic crisis
DATE: Wednesday 29 July – 19.00 hrs
Viral Access: class, culture and public space in the pandemic
SPEAKER: HANNAH SAWTELL artist, on capitalism’s culture war on the working class
DATE: Thursday 30 July – 19.00 hrs
Ten-Point Agenda for the Global South After COVID-19
SPEAKER:VIJAY PRASHAD writer and historian, on a New International Economic Order
DATE: Friday 31 July – 19.00 hrs
COVID, Capitalism, Communism
SPEAKER: ROBERT GRIFFITHS Communist Party of Britain, on what comes after Covid
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