Ric Pfeffer Committee

The Ric Pfeffer Lecture fund was established in memory of Ric Pfeffer, former Johns Hopkins professor, activist attorney in the field of worker health and safety, and founding member of the Progressive Action Center (PAC). The lecture fund honors his legacy by providing support for radical and progressive lectures which help people in the Baltimore area analyze current conditions and promote activism.

Read more about Ric: http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/1318/index.php

Ric Pfeffer Lecture Committee: Charles D’Adamo, Sylvia Gillett, Janie Gordon, Claudia Leight, Kostis Papadantonakis, Alexi Pappas, Dean Pappas, Alexei Pfeffer-Gillett

Committee News:

The most recent Ric Pfeffer Memorial Lecture by David Harvey represents the 10th and final lecture of the current series. The Ric Pfeffer Lecture Committee will continue to operate and will serve to sponsor educational events in the Baltimore area in Ric’s memory.  Stay tuned for future annoucements of events sponsored by the committee!


10th Annual Ric Pfeffer Lecture: David Harvey

“Seizing the Time for Anti-Capitalist Struggle”

May 24, 2012


Watch the Lecture: 

Part I:

Part II:

Audio only: http://archive.org/details/TheRicPfefferLectureDavidHarvey


Past Pfeffer Lectures:


David Harvey: “The New Imperialism”

October 25 2002

More info: http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/2096/index.php


Richard Rubenstein: “Religion and Social Conflict”

October 17 2003


Howard Zinn: “Reinventing Peace: Making It a Reality After 9/11”

December 8 2004 (co-sponsor Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium) “Howard Zinn Strategizes with Baltimore’s Left” (Discussion prior to the lecture)

More info: http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/9074/index.php


Linda Rae Murray: “Health Coverage for All: Job Health & safety, the Uninsured and the Role of Unions”

December 4 2005


Vicente Navarro: “Unmentionable Causes of Worldwide Inequality and Poverty”

March 2 2007

More info: http://ia600607.us.archive.org/34/items/VicenteNavarro-CausesAndConsequencesOfNeoliberalismAndGlobalization/Navarro07.pdf

Related article: “The Worldwide Class Struggle”


Phyllis Bennis: “Challenging Empire: the US in the Middle East”

December 6 2007


Arun Gupta: “The Early History of the New Depression”

April 5 2009

Listen to the lecture: http://www.rafbaltimore.org/media/audio/2010/02/arun_gupta_normalized.mp3


Medea Benjamin: “From Afghanistan to Gaza: Working toward a More Peaceful World”

January 31 2010

Listen to the lecture: http://www.archive.org/details/Medea_Benjamin_at_2640_January_31_2010


Bill Fletcher Jr.: “Lessons and Observations from the Arab Democratic Uprising”

October 30 2011

Watch the Lecture: http://vimeo.com/36140233


Vicente Navarro in conversation with Ric Pfeffer


Ric Pfeffer, a founder of both the Progressive Action Center and Research Associates Foundation, discusses the Days of Rage in Chicago (1969), the US-China Friendship Committee, experience at Johns Hopkins University (1970s), the founding of the Progressive Action Center (1982), legal work on occupational health and safety at US Dept. of Labor. A conversation with Vicente Navarro of Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

Listen to the conversation: http://www.archive.org/details/VicenteNavarroInConversationWithRicPfeffer

Contact us


Research Associates Foundation
PO Box 26152
Baltimore, MD 21210
The deadline for the Spring 2018 grant cycle is Monday, April 30 at 5pm. Please see "News & Updates" below for details about the info sessions.