Fall 2015, Margins Staff

By: Margins Staff, for the Fall 2015 Issue (PDF version)

Stuff We Did

This semester, Margins hosted several talks and events. On October 27, we invited Professor Joe Schwartz, vice-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, to give a talk called “The ‘S’ Word: Sanders and Socialism,” which examined the significance of the Sanders campaign in the context of American neoliberalism.

Colophon: Joe Schwartz
Joe Schwartz, a political science professor at Temple University, discussing democratic socialism (Credit: Nicholas Girard, ES ’19)

We also invited Fred Magdoff, a professor emeritus of soil science at the University of Vermont, to discuss the interaction between contemporary economics and the environment in “Capitalism and the Climate Change Crisis” on November 5.

Colophon: Fred Magdoff
Fred Magdoff arguing that capitalism is the root cause of global warming (Credit: Nicholas Girard, ES ’19)

On November 16, Margins co-hosted an event with the Yale College Democrats and Yale Students for Bernie in which we discussed policy and practice with Stephanie Kelton, chief economist on the US Senate Budget Committee and Sanders’ primary economic advisor.

Margins was also delighted to host a number of scintillating social events, including primary debate watch parties, an evening soiree, and an unforgettable excursion to Toad’s Place on Harvard-Yale weekend (and indeed many nights prior).

In the spring semester, Margins is planning on hosting Professor Christopher Phelps, University of Nottingham, co-author of Radicals in America, for a Pierson College Tea. We’re also planning on hosting Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party 2016 U.S. Presidential candidate, for a talk and meet-and-greet, and we will be sending a contingent of Margins members to participate in the Democratic Socialists of America’s Young Democratic Socialists conference in February. Please contact us if you’d like to be involved.