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Challenging (and maybe transcending) Capitalism through Real Utopias

by Erik Olin Wright on September 1, 2015

The annual E.L. ‘Ted’ Wheelwright Memorial Lecture is held to commemorate the pioneering role that Ted Wheelwright played in developing studies in Political Economy in Australia at the University of Sydney. Previous Wheelwright Lectures have been given by Walden Bello (2008), Jim Stanford (2009), Fred Block (2010), Sheila Dow (2011), Diane Elson (2012), Susan George (2013) and Leo Panitch (2014).

WrightLowResIn 2015 the 8th Annual Wheelwright Lecture was given by Erik Olin Wright on ‘Challenging (and maybe transcending) Capitalism through Real Utopias’. The subtext of the lecture was very much “how to be a capitalist for the twenty-first century”. An audio podcast of the lecture is available, below. Also we have made available a short photographic slideshow, from the evening. This indicates the level of interest and attendance of the event, which easily exceeded 500 audience members including media representatives, academics, activists, non-governmental organisers, and general members of the public from across Sydney, New South Wales, nationally and internationally.

The lecture by Erik Olin Wright is preceded by Professor Barbara Caine‘s welcome and introduction, as Dean of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney, and succeeded by a question and answer session, chaired by Professor Adam David Morton as Chair of the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. A video of both the lecture and the Q&A is also available for download HERE.

Erik Olin Wright
Erik Olin Wright is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of many books, including Classes, Interrogating Inequality, Class Counts, Deepening Democracy (with Archon Fung), Reconstructing Marxism, Envisioning Real Utopias, and Understanding Class.

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