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UPRISING 4/13: #BlackLivesMatter

November 9, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm


Thursday, November 9 | 6:15pm 

in the Jerome Greene Annex

Shanelle Matthews (Activist-in-Residence, New School)

Kendall Thomas (Columbia University)

Deva Woodly (New School)

Moderated by Elias Alcantara (Columbia University) and Bernard E. Harcourt

#BlackLivesMatter, a social movement that is still emerging and young as a historical matter, has already undergone significant change over the last few years. Today, it consists of a range of activism, extending from individual acts of resistance, to local collectives, to national organizations, all self-identifying as part of a broader movement for Black lives, anti-racism, and racial justice. It is a movement marked by self identification. There is no authoritative policing, no institutional judge of who can legitimately claim to be part of the movement or use the hashtag, and perhaps as a result, the edges and boundaries of the movement remain somewhat fluid. 

A thread that ties together all of the different facets of the movement for Black lives is the direct challenge to the history of earlier civil rights leadership. In this, as UIC Professor Barbara Ransby underscores in her essay in the New York Times, we can see the strong influence that black feminist and LGBTQ theorists and practitioners have had on many of the activists for Black lives. Join us on November 9, 2017, to critically think this new form of uprising. 

Read the introductory post here.

Readings for the seminar are posted here.

 If you will be joining please RSVP to Anna Krauthamer at ak4035@columbia.edu

Read the Epilogue to Uprising 3/13 Arab Spring here.



November 9, 2017
6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought


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New York, NY 10027 United States
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