The Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture is held annually to honour the memory of Phyllis Clarke, a member of the Department from 1977 until her death in 1988. The first lectures were held the following year, and have been a regular, and much-anticipated event since that time.
Click here for a list of the Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lectures.
The 2016 Lecture:
Andreas Karitzis, The Methodology for a New Politics: Changing the 'Operating System' of the Left after the 2015 Greek Experience.
24 March 2016 at 7:00 pm.
Ted Rogers School of Management (55 Dundas Str W, 7th floor)
1924 – 1988
Phyllis Esphere Clarke died on March 21, 1988, having lived a life devoted to socialism, trade unionism, feminism, community activism and teaching.
A longtime member of the Communist Party she ran (unsuccessfully) for elected office on several occasions. While living in Saskatchewan, she ran in the 1953 federal election in Prince Albert, where she lost to John Diefenbaker, who later became Canada’s 13th Prime Minister. In Toronto in 1962, she ran in the federal constituency of Davenport, losing to Walter Gordon who went on to be Minister of Finance and President of the Privy Council in the Liberal government of Lester Pearson. Also in 1962, she ran for a seat on Toronto's Board of Control. Her obituary in The Toronto Star reports that the Toronto media "expressed surprise" that she received 16,555 votes.
|The Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lectures|
|24 March 2016||
"The Methodology for a New Politics: Changing the 'Operating System' of the Left after the 2015 Greek Experience."
Dr. Andreas Karitzis
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|26 March 2015||
"Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives"
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|03 March 2014||
"The Systemic Crisis of Financialization"
SOAS, University of London
|18 Mar 2013||
|13 Mar 2012||
"Canada: Ideology in the Ascendant"
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|10 Mar 2011||
"Global Crisis, Fiscal Restraint, and Public-Private Partnerships"
Joint Sponsors: CUPE Locals 223, 1281, 3904;
|10 Mar 2010||
"Operating in the Obama Moment: Challenges for Progressives"
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|10 Mar 2009||
"Still a Marxist After All: Lessons and Insights for our Time"
Introduction by Sam Gindin
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|12 Mar 2008||
"Challenging the New Global Constitution"
|15 Mar 2007||
"Rethinking Politics in the Age of Networks"
|27 Mar 2006||
“Waiting for Care: Challenging the Agenda in Health Care Reform”
An article based on the 2006 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture appeared in Relay (July/August 2006): 6-9.
|21 Mar 2005||
“Neoliberalism and Resistance: Creating Alternative Economic Realities in Post-Apartheid South Africa”
|10 Mar 2004||
“Against Global Apartheid: The Futility of International Economic Reforms”
|24 Mar 2003||
“Making Politics Matter”
|18 Mar 2002||
“Globalization and Social Justice”
|04 Apr 2000||
|24 Mar 1999||
“Self-Determination for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada”
Beverley Jacobs, LL.B.
|27 Mar 1998||
“The Future of Canada in the Global Economy”
|30 Sep 1996||
“From Apartheid to Democracy: Social Change in South Africa”
Richard Van der Ross
|23 Nov 1994||
“Women, Community and Politics”
|10 Nov 1993||
“Still Waiting for Democracy?: Canada After the Election”
|06 Apr 1993||
“Aboriginal Self-Government: The Way Ahead”
|20 Mar 1992||
“After Communism: What Future for Eastern Europe?”
|29 Nov 1991||
“After the Elections: Toronto in the 1990s”
|14 Nov 1990||
“Canada’s Role in Advancing Democracy”
|06 Apr 1990||
“The Struggle for Social Justice: Canada’s New Reform Movements”
|24 Nov 1989||
Panel Discussion: “Reform and Repression: China After Tiananmen Square”
Hu Shuang Quan
|30 Mar 1989||
“The Internationalization of Japan: Emerging Strains in the Japanese Workplace and Family”
|08 Mar 1989||
“Canada’s Immigration Policy: The Half-Open Door”