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Labor History New Book Symposium: Jonathan Sperber

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life
Saturday, November 9, 2013

11 am to 3 pm

Ruggles Hall

Center for American History and Culture Programs
Labor History Seminar

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life
Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri

Karl Marx is a magisterial and defining biography that vividly explores not only the man himself but also the revolutionary times in which he lived.

Between his birth in 1818 and his death sixty-five years later, Karl Marx became one of Western civilization’s most influential political philosophers. Two centuries on, he is still revered as a prophet of the modern world, yet he is also blamed for the darkest atrocities of modern times. But no matter in what light he is cast, the short, but broad-shouldered, bearded Marx remains—as a human being—distorted on a Procrustean bed of political “isms,” perceived through the partially distorting lens of his chief disciple, Friedrich Engels, or understood as a figure of twentieth-century totalitarian Marxist regimes.

(W. W. Norton & Company, 2013)

Moderator: Rosemary Feurer, Northern Illinois University

Commentators: Michael Geyer, University of Chicago; Bruce Levine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara; Susan Jennifer Pearson, Northwestern University; and Moishe Postone, University of Chicago

Cost and Registration Information 

Please contact the Scholl Center at by Nov. 6 to register.  Lunch will be provided for those who register by the deadline.