Events in Honour of or Dedicated to Leo Panitch

We will be updating this page with announcements about events in honour of or dedicated to Leo Panitch. Please send information about any events you would like us to announce to Karen Murray at

Our first announcement is a seminar series organized by John Clarke (Packer Visitor in Social Justice, York University), dedicated to the memory of Leo Panitch, and sponsored jointly by the Department of Politics and the Global Labour Research Centre. Registration details are forthcoming. Please check back in January.  Our second announcement is that Brill publisher has made all of its Historical Materialism journal articles written by Leo Panitch open access until March 1st. Please see:

Photo credit: David Climenhago. Used with permission.



We dedicate this webinar series to the memory of Professor Leo Panitch, whose passing in December 2020 is a loss that “will be felt deeply across York University and around the world”. Leo initiated the Packer Visitor in Social Justice in York’s Department of Politics, and was among a small group of people who supported the creation of the Global Labour Research Centre.

Join us for a series of five panel discussions organized by Packer Visitor in Social Justice John Clarke, co-hosted by the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) and the Department of Politics at York University.

The presenters, from both a Canadian and an international perspective, will provide an analysis of the crisis the pandemic has unleashed. They will also discuss how movements for social justice must respond in the face of huge challenges and a greatly changed reality.



Responding to the Crisis Unleashed by the Pandemic

Thursday, February 11, 2021

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET


Struggles for Racial Justice

Monday, February 22, 2021

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET


Facing the Threat of Mass Evictions

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET


Workers’ Struggles

Thursday, March 11, 2021

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET


Basic Income: Does it Take Us Closer to a Just Society?

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET




John Clarke spent 28 years working as an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and was involved in an ongoing effort to challenge austerity, poverty and homelessness. He is presently the Packer Visitor in Social Justice at York University.


York Tributes to Leo Panitch

Tributes to Leo Panitch from Around the World

Photo Credit: David Climenhago. Used with permission.