Politics After the Breakthrough by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party

June 23, 2017

Ingo Schmidt, Beverly Ho, Derrick O'Keefe, & Samir Gandesha

Friday, June 23, 7:00PM–9:00PM, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities. Media sponsor: Ricochet.Media

A discussion on the return of the electoral left

It turns out there is an alternative to neoliberalism. Rejecting decades of centrist orthodoxy, left electoral efforts are proving increasingly successful––most recently and strikingly in the UK. Jeremy Corbyn’s revival of the Labour Party with an aggressive, socialist platform has rekindled hopes for progressive politics internationally. What does it mean for the future of the left in Canada?


Ingo Schmidt is an immigrant from Germany, Ingo currently teaches Labour Studies at Athabasca University. He's also an organizer with the World Peace Forum Society in Vancouver and a columnist for a socialist monthly paper back in Germany. His books include Reading Capital Today, Social Democracy After the Cold War and The Three Worlds of Social Democracy.

Beverly Ho is an anti-gentrification organizer with the Chinatown Concern Group on unceded Coast Salish Territories, and has played a major role in the successful effort to oppose the rezoning of 105 Keefer in Vancouver's Chinatown. 

Derrick O'Keefe is a writer, editor, and co-founder of Ricochet. Derrick is also a long-time organizer with social justice and anti-war movements in Vancouver. Most recently, he's been involved in organizing with the Vancouver Tenants Union. 

Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.