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Leo Panitch

December 10, 2022 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:2017 Dunton Tower

Leo Panitch

Global Capitalism, the State, and the Socialist Challenge

This symposium will assess the legacy of Panitch’s scholarship, education, and activism, featuring roundtables throughout the day and a keynote address by IPE Visiting Professor Stephen Maher.

The work of Leo Panitch left an immense impact on the field of political economy – from his critique of social democracy to his groundbreaking theorization, with Sam Gindin, of globalization and the American empire. As a professor at Carleton, he helped to place the University at the forefront of the study of political economy in Canada, and played a key role in the creation of the Institute of Political Economy. At the same time, he was deeply involved in politics, including the Waffle, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, and the Socialist Project. This symposium will assess the legacy of Panitch’s scholarship, education, and activism, featuring contributions from friends, comrades, students, and political economy scholars.

Stephen Maher is a Post-Doctoral fellow at Ontario Tech University, and the  author of Corporate Capitalism and the Integral State: General Electric and a Century of American Power. He is also the Associate Editor of The Socialist Register.

Details of Event:

9am: Refreshments

9:15am – 9:30am: Welcome (Justin Paulson and Elder Barbeau)

9:30am – 10:45am: Panel 1 – Remembering Leo in Ottawa

  • Rosemary Warskett
  • Donald Swartz
  • Wally Clement
  • Jane Stinson
  • Chair: Rianne Mahon

10:45am – 11am:  Break with Refreshments

11am – 12:30pm: Panel 2 – The Making of Political Economy in Canada

  • Sam Gindin
  • Greg Albo
  • Clay Duncalfe
  • Neve Sugars-Keen
  • Chair: Marc-André Gagnon

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch provided

1:30pm – 2:45pm: Panel 3 – The Legacy of Leo Panitch: Looking Back, Looking Forward

  • Amy Bartholomew
  • Rafael Mungioli
  • Noah Kathen
  • Sharmini Peries
  • Chair: Randall Germain

2:45pm – 3pm: Break with Refreshments

3pm – 4:00pm: Keynote: “Liberal Democracy, Authoritarian Statism, and the New Finance Capital” (Stephen Maher)and Moderated by Justin Paulson

4:00pm – 4:15pm: Closing Remarks (Justin Paulson and Elder Barbeau)

Registration is now closed. If you would like to watch the Keynote via livestream, please email your request to