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This seminar looks at contemporary antiracist activism that operates outside of—and at times, against—liberal rubrics of diversity and inclusion, and takes up or builds upon the notions of “Third World Liberation,” “revolutionary struggle,” and transformative consciousness which emerged in the post-1968 period. Once again, we track liberation’s afterlives throughout the political, social, and cultural shifts of the last half-century, with the understanding that racial liberation has come to be inescapably bound to struggles of land and labor, of climate catastrophe, and movements for environmental justice, economic inequality, gender justice, queer and trans justice, and disability rights. We also look closely at the contemporary movement for abolition, as the most widely known and engaged framework for transformational anti-racist liberation today, and its evolution and emergence from post-1968 paradigms. Like the others, this workshop is resolutely transnational, drawing upon and engaging activist networks and organizations that span and connect geographies, communities, and liberation struggles across various local, regional, national, and international locales.

Thursday, February 1, 2024
Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Learning Center
Room 010 (Schonberg Room)
9 Suydam Street 

New Brunswick, NJ 08901





Schedule & Lineup

1:30-2:15 pm     Lunch

2:15-2:30 pm     Welcome & Introductory Remarks

2:30-4:00 pm     Panel One: Antiracism & Liberation in Contemporary Activism

Ejim Dike (Western States Center/US Human Rights Network)
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson (Highlander Research & Education Center)
Natali Segovia (Water Protector Legal Collective)
Nadya Tannous (Honor the Earth)
Moderated by Radhika Balakrishnan (RU-NB)

4:00-4:30 pm    Break

4:40-6:00 pm    Panel Two: Reflections on the Rutgers Strike

Carlos Castañeda (Movimiento Consecha NJ)
Johanna Faith Almiron (Writer, Scholar, Organizer)
Soili Smith (PhD Candidate, RU-Newark)
Andy Urban (American Studies/RU AAUP-AFT NB Ch. Vice President)
Moderated by Noura Erakat (RU-NB) & Mich Ling (PhD Candidate, RU-NB)

This panel will include Spanish translation.

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