Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch

We are devastated by the passing of Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch and send our most heartfelt condolences to his family. Leo was the quintessential public intellectual. Informed by Marxist thought, he was a stalwart of social justice who helped us grasp the causes of oppression while offering a socialist vision of a different kind of world, one where people come before profit. Even in these difficult times, Leo saw “the hopeful side.”* Leo was also our colleague, the person with whom we shared the sixth floor of the South Ross Building at York University. He holds a special place in the hearts and minds of those of us who studied and worked closely with him. And we know that we will honour Leo's memory by continuing the struggle for justice in our backyards, neighbourhoods, cities, countries, and indeed globally. In Leo, we recognize that what we do as scholars matters. It matters when scholarly research is aimed at confronting injustices and pursuing a vision for a better world. It matters when the university and social justice communities collaborate and come together. It matters when the academy harnesses its resources for the many, not the few, for those oppressed, not the privileged. This site provides space for members of the wider York University community to post a tribute in honour of Leo, as well as for selected tributes from further afield, and for announcements of events in honour of or dedicated to Leo. Rest in power, Leo. You will be deeply missed and never forgotten. - Karen Murray, Chair, Department of Politics

*Audio-visual recording posted to Artist Taxi Driver Twitter account @chunkymark. The original post was on September 23, 2019. It was reposted on December 21, 2020.

York University Tributes to Leo Panitch

Tributes to Leo Panitch from Around the World

Events in Honour of or Dedicated to Leo Panitch



For a special tribute to Leo as a teacher that took place on October 6, 2017, please see the Building Capacities: Education for Democracy panel with Stephanie Ross, Judy Hellman, Steve Hellman, Amy Bartholomew and Avishai Ehrlich.



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Welcome to the Department of Politics at York University - a vibrant community of educators, scholars, practitioners, activists, and engaged citizens. With our large faculty (45 full-time members) leading at many frontiers of research, we offer Political Science with the kind of depth and breadth that few departments in the world can match. Our graduates have a very distinctive presence in politics and government, international organizations, law, media, academia, and in the private sector.

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