American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation with Michael Kazin

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Demos: 220 Fifth Avenue 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Demos and Dissent Magazine invite you to a lively forum featuring acclaimed historian Michael Kazin, discussing his new book AMERICAN DREAMERS: How the Left Changed a Nation.  AMERICAN DREAMERS delivers a deft national history in which progressive movements positively changed this nation, particularly for laborers, women, racial minorities, young people, and LGBT communities. Calling Kazin “one of the left’s most eloquent spokesmen,” a recent New York Times review lauded AMERICAN DREAMERS as “Kazin’s bid to reclaim the left’s utopian spirit for an age of diminished expectations.”

The challenges of our current moment have raised many questions about the role, viability, and historical place of the left.  Please join us for an original, nuanced conversation about America’s past, how the left helped improve it, and how new left movements might help this nation survive its present dangers.

Demos President Miles Rapoport will welcome participants.  Occupy Wall Street organizer Kelly Heresy will comment.  C. Edwin Baker Fellow for Democratic Values Rakim H.D. Brooks will moderate.
About the Author:

Michael Kazin is the author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan, The Populist Persuasion, and Barons of Labor, and coauthor of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s. He is coeditor of Dissent, a frequent contributor to numerous publications, including The New York Times, and The Nation,and the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and twice from the Fulbright Scholar Program. He lives outside Washington, D.C. and is Professor of History at Georgetown University.

About the Commentator:
Kelly Heresy is an early and regular protester with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
About the Moderator:

Rakim H. D. Brooks, a C. Edwin Baker Fellow for Democratic Values at Demos, researches poverty and social policy, U. S. politics and political ideologies, and America's Progressive heritage of social justice.  Brooks received his BA from Brown University where he worked with prestigious national think tanks and policy groups. Among other honors, he was named a John Kenneth Galbraith Scholar at Harvard University in the summer of 2008, and in 2009 he was named a Rhodes Scholar. He received his M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University in 2011, and is currently a regular contributor to the Demos blog and the Huffington Post.