Marxist scholar to speak at Manchester University

“The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which arises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness …” ― Karl MarxA Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy 


David RuccioDr. David Ruccio, a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame and renowned Marxist scholar, will speak at Manchester University’s North Manchester campus on Tuesday, April 7.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. It is free and open to the public.

Ruccio will discuss Marxist theory, utopian theory, and debates about the causes and consequences of the financial crisis and recession of 2007-2009.

He has written more than 60 journal articles and books on economics. Some titles include Development and Globalization: A Marxian Class Analysis; Economic Representations: Both Academic and Everyday; and Under the Dome: The Ethics and Politics of Reading Capital.

Ruccio has been awarded the Kaneb Teaching Award (2000), the AAUP Academic Freedom Award (2003), and the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, CSC Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2009). Ruccio received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1984.

 “We hope Ruccio will make students raise questions in their discussions (outside or inside of the classroom) about the social aspects of market outcomes and make them aware that there may be alternative ways to view the world,” said Dr. John Deal, professor of economics at Manchester. He and Dr. Leonard Williams, professor of political science, heard Ruccio speak at a conference this fall and are faculty sponsors of the talk at MU.

March 26, 2015

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