The James Connolly Lecture is held each year in Dublin in honour of Ireland's Marxist pioneer and martyr. In 2017 it was given by Greg Godels, on the theme of the Russian Revolution and its continued impact on our world.
Greg Godels grew up in a working-class family in a rural coalmining community in the United States. He joined the Communist Party in 1975 and wrote frequently for the Daily World and other Communist Party papers as well as Political Affairs and Nature, Society and Thought. Articles by him have also appeared in numerous publications, including Communist Review (London), People's Voice (Vancouver) and Socialist Voice (Dublin). He was joint founder of the website Marxism-Leninism Today and writes a highly regarded blog under the pen name Zoltan Zigedy