Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch, who passed away on December 19, 2020, was a global public intellectual. As Colin Leys and Sam Gindin point out: "Very few intellectuals on the left have had the intellectual impact on progressive thinkers and activists that Leo has had." Not surprisingly then, as Raju Das notes, Leo "contributed to the national and global reputation of York University as a progressive institution." The many tributes published from around the world upon his passing testify to Leo's worldwide influence and impact. A selection of these tributes is included below. A page for tributes from members of the York University can be found here: York Tributes to Leo Panitch. For a special tribute to Leo as a teacher that took place at York University 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.
Please note that Brill publisher has made all of its Historical Materialism journal articles written by Leo Panitch open access until March 1st. Please see: https://brill.com/view/journals/hima/hima-overview.xml?fbclid=IwAR3T06e06gz8ISfLWZxtJIhjW8WlPsz37cgEORt98dl5HEH1ma3NohXkixk
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Calderbank, Michael, “‘Wrenching Labour Out of Its Traditions’ – Learning from Leo," Labour Hub, December 24, 2020, https://labourhub.org.uk/2020/12/24/wrenching-labour-out-of-its-traditions-learning-from-leo/
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CBCListen, As It Happens with Carol Off, Chris Howden, "Remembering Leo Panitch," commencing at 27:30, December 21, 2020, https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-2-as-it-happens/clip/15815506-the-known-knowns
Dead Pundits Society, "Leo Panitch and the Socialist Challenge with Stephen Maher," January 145h, podcast, https://soundcloud.com/deadpundits/leo-panitch-and-the-socialist-challenge-today-w-stephen-maher
Jiang, Kevin, “Beloved Teacher and Public Thinker Leo Panitch Has Died of COVID-19,” The Toronto Star, December 21, 2020, https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/12/20/beloved-teacher-and-public-thinker-leo-panitch-has-died-of-covid-19.html
Leys, Colin, "Leo Panitch Obituary," The Guardian, January 16, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/14/leo-panitch-obituary
Maher, Stephen, "Leo Panitch and the Socialist Project," Canadian Dimension, December 28, 2020, https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/leo-panitch-and-the-socialist-project
Proctor, Adam, "Remembering Leo Panitch: 50 Years On the Socialist Left," Dead Pundits Society, podcast.
Public Affairs, "The Socialist Legacy of Leo Panitch," WORT Eight Nine Nine, January 8, 2021, https://www.wortfm.org/the-socialist-legacy-of-leo-panitch/
Roja, Christina and Donald Swartz, Donald Swartz, "Leo Panitch, Founder of the Institute of Political Economy has Passed Away (1945-2020)," Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University (Ottawa), December 22, 2020.
Salutin, Rick, "Leo Panitch's Anger at Injustice Never Diminished, Nor His Determination to Address it," The Toronto Star, December 28, 2020, https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/12/28/rick-salutin-leo-panitchs-anger-at-injustice-never-diminished-nor-his-determination-to-address-it.html
Stoffman, Judy, "Marxist Intellectual Leo Panitch had a ‘Big Voice’ and ‘Big Mind,’" Globe and Mail, January 1, 2021.
Wainwright, Hilary, "The Convivial, Practical Road to Socialism: A Tribute to Leo Panitch," Red Pepper, December 29, 2020, https://www.redpepper.org.uk/tribute-to-leo-panitch/