#LaborTalks: “War against War” – A Conversation with Michael Kazin

What role does war play in American public life? How have people organized against militarism in the past and how can they do so today? From WWI, through Vietnam, to the Iraq War, anti-war protests have been a feature of American public life in the 20th and 21st centuries. How effective are anti-war protests? How does they work and what are their consequences? What can we learn from past anti-war movements as the United States enters the 16th year of the global “War on Terror” and continues to transform into a surveillance state engaged in new forms of war at home and abroad?

Join us for a discussion and reception with Michael Kazin, Brooklyn Institute’s Suzanne Schneider, and Sidney Hillman Foundation’s Lindsay Beyerstein as they discuss Kazin’s new book War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918, and the role of anti-war activism in American politics, past and present.

This event is co-presented by The Workmen’s Circle, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

It is the third event in the ongoing #LaborTalks series.


  • Suzanne Schneider

    Suzanne Schneider received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. A social and cultural historian, her research interests relate to Jewish and Islamic modernism, religious politics in the Middle East, the history of modern Palestine/Israel, secularism, and political identity in post-colonial contexts. She is the author of Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine (Stanford University Press, forthcoming) and a regular contributor to The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media.

  • Michael Kazin

    Michael Kazin is professor of history at Georgetown University and editor of  Dissent. He is the author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation; A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan; America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (with Maurice Isserman); The Populist Persuasion: An American History; and Barons of Labor. In addition, he is editor-in-chief of The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History and co-editor of the anthology Americanism. Kazin has contributed to The Washington Post, The Nation, Democracy, The New York Times Book Review, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications and websites.

Event Schedule

Thursday, 7-9pm
May 11, 2017

The Workmen's Circle
247 W. 37th Street (5th Floor)
New York, NY 10018


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