Richard D. Wolff has a BA from Harvard, MA from Stanford, and PhD from Yale. He has been a Professor of Economics at Yale, City University of New York, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and The New School University currently. He produces and hosts the weekly radio/TV show “Economic Update,” is a founding member of Democracy at Work and has published many books and articles including, most recently, “Understanding Marxism.
Michael Pelias has taught Philosophy at LIU Brooklyn for nearly 30 years and a founding member of the journal, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, a founder of the Institute for the Radical Imagination. His latest essays are “The Greek Boat People: Exile and Creativity,” and “Disaster Unionism: lessons learned from an academic union failure(s),” and a joint book project on the Techniques of Servitude, a philosophical—psychoanalytical approach to the contemporary logic of self- interest and submission.
Peter Bratsis teaches political science at the City University of New York. He is a founding editor of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination; author of Everyday Life and the State (Paradigm, 2006); and editor, with Stanley Aronowitz, of Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered (Minnesota, 2002). His most recent publication is “Political Corruption in the Age of Transnational Capitalism: From the Relative Autonomy of the State to the White Man’s Burden” in Historical Materialism (2013).
Karen Ranucci has been working in the field of independent video for decades. Starting at Downtown Community TV Center in 1977, she taught video production workshops to community groups, created its documentary distribution department and assisted in a number of PBS documentaries produced by DCTV. In 1979, she co-directed, El Dialogo, a documentary about the Cuban exile community in the United States and their relationship to Cuba. Karen freelanced as a reporter/producer/camera operator for the NBC Nightly News and Alan Today Show traveling to many regions of the world and won a National Emmy, “Best Investigative Reporting” for a series she developed for NBC about the poisoning of workers in the tungsten carbide industry. In 1988, she founded the Latin American Video Archives, a non-profit organization that facilitated the distribution of Latin American made film and video to the US educational market. Karen joined the Democracy Now! team in 2001, working in both production and administration and is currently their Board Chair.
Alan Schulman was born, raised and educated in the Bronx, Alan Schulman, now retired, worked for the NYC Public Schools since 1968 as a public schools’ educator, administrator, Special Projects Developer and Coordinator. He has been an organizer and activist for parent/neighborhood led Community Control of NYC Public Schools for more than 50 years. Over the decades Schulman has helped coordinate People Against Racism in Education, The New York Anti-Klan Network, People United Against Racism and Political Repression, the International Bridges Project and most recently Democracy At Work New York and The Cooperation Jackson Support Network. Schulman has been a consultant to the Ministries of Education of Cuba, Zimbabwe, China and the European Union. He is currently on the Coordinating Committee for the Development of the Center for Critical Thought.
After the Brecht Forum closed, a few of us, along with other teachers and activists from the former Brecht Forum, continued offering classes and forums in space rented from the Brooklyn Commons through the contributions of students. These efforts are now organized under the rubric of the Marxist Education Project. This work has enabled the continuation of study groups that have been ongoing (some for several years), the initiation of a few new classes and the maintenance of some important elements from the work of the NYMS/Brecht Forum.
Mary Boger, Eric Canepa, Bill Henning, Lisa Maya Knauer, Michael Lardner, Liz Mestres, Juliet Ucelli