Summer 2017 Calendar of Events
The Workshop For Intercommunal Study has completed its first year of courses! We are excited to carry this momentum of critical questioning and collective thought into the summer time with a variety of events!
Wednesday, May 24 – Workshop Research Presentation Series: “Saxapahaw and the New Company Town.”
Politics After Catastrophe seminar participant Rachel Cotterman presents her master’s research about the history of Piedmont textile mill villages and the striking parallels between historic company towns and contemporary rural development projects in the neoliberal era.
Wednesday, June 21 – Workshop Research Presentation Series: “Black Optics, Black Geographies, and Legacies of the Republic of New Afrika” Presented by Dr. Willie Jamaal Wright
The Republic of New Afrika (RNA) is a Black revolutionary nationalist provisional government formed in Detroit, Michigan, in the wake of the city’s 1967 rebellion. Its goal is to establish a nation-state for New Afrikans in five states (LA, MS, AL, GA, SC) among the former Black Belt. Scholars such as Christian Davenport suggest—using the RNA as an exemplar—that “repression kills social movement organizations.” Grounded in Black geographies and a Black spatial imaginary this presentation will argue that such portrayals erase the ways in which black political formations persist in a world of tremendous anti-black violence. My findings indicate that the RNA lives, and that due to instances of police oppression and the natural maturation of political thought and praxis, its initial objectives morphed into new spatial and political forms. This research study is based on 12 months of multi-site fieldwork conducted in Detroit, Michigan and Jackson, Mississippi, semi-structured interviews, participant observation and archival methods.
Wednesday, June 28– Film Screening and Discussion: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (Dir. Grace Lee, 2014)
Join the Workshop for a film screening in celebration of social activist, philosopher and warrior of freedom Grace Lee Boggs’ Birthday!
Date: TBA Workshop Book Discussions: Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969 – 1976 By Iris Morales
Date: TBA – Workshop Book Discussions: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is a historical account of the life of Jesus, which re-examines Jesus as a political figure, dedicated liberation.
Sunday, August 13 – Film Screening and Discussion: Cabralista (Dir. Ana Lucia Ramos Lisboa, 2005)