After 10 months fighting acute myeloid leukemia, Erik Wright left us on January 23rd. at the age of 71. He left behind a huge legacy. In this blog we have collected together tributes from all over the world – extraordinary in their number and in their appreciation of Erik as a scholar, teacher, and colleague, but also as an engaged, multi-talented intellectual and generous human being.

During those last 10 months, with the help of his wife and constant companion Marcia, Erik lived as full a life as he possibly could, recorded in an extraordinary blog––where he reflects upon the meaning of life and death, work and play, love and generosity, family and friends, his relations with nurses and doctors, the spreading of his cancer, the stem-cell transplant, and much more.  The blog can be found here together with hundreds of comments. Haymarket Books will be publishing an edited version of the blog.

Here are some other commemorations:

  • There have already been two memorials, one at Berkeley, and a second at Madison, and a third will take place at the American Sociological Association on August 9th.
  • Festschrift at the Havens Wright Center, November 1-2, 2019.
  • Symposium on Erik’s latest book, How to be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century. Sponsored by Politics and Society and the New School, September 26th, 2019
  • Conferences on Erik’s legacy in Barcelona, Coimbra and Porto Alegre.
  • Erik’s 4 decades at the Madison sociology department will be commemorated with a  dedicated Reading Room.
  • Graduate Student Prize, sponsored by the September Group.
  • Annual Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. The first speaker will be Wendy Brown on January 27, 2020.
  • Critical Sociology has established an annual Distinguished Article Award.

As events to celebrate his life and work take form we will post them on this website. Together we will keep Erik’s spirit alive, continuing the conversations he has stimulated over the last half-century.

Michael Burawoy