15th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium

The 15th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium

Thank you to our sponsors:
Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
Women’s Research & Resource Center at Spelman College
Davis Bozeman Law
African American Human Rights Foundation
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Clark Atlanta University
Global South Research Consortium
Dihvinely Konnecked Productions
The Prince Firm, LLC

 

March 23rd and 24th, 2018

at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta, Georgia.

The theme for this year will be:

1968 – 2018: Reflecting on 50 Years of Struggle 

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DAY ONE

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018

 1:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

 

1:30                DOORS OPEN – MEET & GREET

1:35                GLOBAL IMAGERY OF PEOPLE IN STRUGGLE FROM 1968

                        Featuring imagery from 1968 the Fire of Ideas by Marcelo Brodsky

 

1:45                OCCASION AND WELCOME

                        Asha T. Rodney, JD

                        Board Co-Chair & Chair Symposium Committee, The Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF)

 

1:55                GREETINGS FROM CORE SPONSORS

 

2:05                PROCLAMATION

                        “Able” Mable Thomas

                        Georgia State Representative, District 56 (D-Atlanta)

 

2:15                US FILM PREMIERE: THE PAST IS NOT OUR FUTURE

                       Walter Rodney’s Student Years, UWI Mona, Jamaica (1960-63)

                        FILM DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW

                        Producer – Matthew J. Smith, PhD

                        Professor, Caribbean History & Chair, Dept. of History and Archaeology

                        University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.

 

3:35                BREAK

 

3:40               BLACK STUDIES AT 50: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

                         Jesse Benjamin, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminal

                        Justice & School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding

                        and Development, Kennesaw State University; Board Member, WRF

                       Linda Carty, PhD, Associate Professor, African American Studies & Sociology,

                        Syracuse University

                        Samuel T. Livingston, PhD, Associate Professor and Director,

                        African American Studies Program, Morehouse College

                        Akinyele Umoja, PhD, Professor, African-American Studies, Chair and

                        Professor, African-American Studies, Georgia State University

                        Tanya M. Washington, JD, LLM, College of Law, Georgia State University

                        Kurt Young, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political

                        Science, Clark Atlanta University

 

 

4:40                ARTIST PERFORMANCE – 2KEE

                        & BREAK

 

4:50                 PANEL – GROUNDINGS WITH MY BROTHERS @50

                        Basil Waine Kong, PhD, JD, Author

                        Dr. Ewart A C Thomas, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Stanford

                        University

                        Franklin “Jah Frank” Hasfal, Radio Host

 

5:50                BREAK

           

6:00                WALTER RODNEY TRIBUTE PANEL (via livestream from Detroit)

                        Hosted by Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

                        Introduction by Charles Ezra Ferrell, Vice-President, Public Programs

                        Robert “Bobby” Hill, PhD, Professor Emeritus, UCLA & Director of the Marcus Garvey Papers Project

                        Patricia Rodney, PhD, CEO & Board Chair, WRF

                        Mr. “Bongo Jerry” Small, Radio Host

 

7:15                Remembering Dr. Walter Rodney, A Practicum

                       WALTER RODNEY LEGACY PROJECT

                       Seneca Vaught, PhD, Associate Professor of History & Interdisciplinary Studies,

                       Department of History and Philosophy, Kennesaw State University

 

7:30                CLOSING REMARKS

 

 

DAY TWO

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018

12:15 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

 

12:15              DOORS OPEN – MEET & GREET

 

12:30              OPENING REMARKS & DAY 1 RECAP

                        Kanini Rodney-Phillips, MD, MBA, MPH, Board Member, WRF

 

12:40              SPEAKER – MENGUE MOLI Jacques Bertrand

                        Diplomat Historian, Ministry of External Relations of the Republic of Cameroon

                        “Justice and peace as key public policy objectives, an analysis based on

                        the Cameroonian experience, with reflections on 1968.”

 

1:05                “INTRODUCTION OF NEW PUBLICATIONS OF WALTER RODNEY BOOKS BY VERSO PRESS”

                        Jesse Benjamin

                        Asha T. Rodney

  • How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (New Introduction)
  • The Groundings with My Brothers (New Essays)
  • Walter Rodney’s Russian Revolution (First publication)

 

1:20                Remembering Dr. Walter Rodney, A Practicum

                        WALTER RODNEY LEGACY PROJECT

                        Seneca Vaught

 

1:30                KEYNOTE ADDRESS – DR. JOHN CARLOS

                        Olympic Medalist (1968), Activist & Author

                        “Every Race Matters: Perspectives of the ‘World’s Fastest Humanitarian’”

 

2:10                ARTIST PRESENTATION – JAYE NEWTON

                       

2: 20               KSU CHEERLEADERS & KSU SCHOLAR-ACTIVISTS

                        AWARDS PRESENTATION

 

2:35                BREAK 

 

2:40                IN CONVERSATION – THE INTERSECTION OF SPORTS, RACE AND POLITICS

                        John Carlos, PhD

                        Pellom McDaniels III, PhD, Curator of African American Collections

                        Emory University; Curator, Breaking Barriers Sports for Change Exhibit,

                        National Center for Civil & Human Rights & Retired NFL player

                        Mawuli Davis, JD, Principal and Co-Founder of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm & Board Member, WRF

 

3:40                ARTIST PRESENTATION – RICA G

                        & BREAK       

 

3:50                GROUNDINGS SESSION I (CONCURRENT SESSION)

                        HOW EUROPE NEVER DEVELOPED WAKANDA:

                        “A Panel + Groundings on Black Panther, Decolonization +Pan-Africanism”

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                        Tiffany Smith

                        Devyn Springer

 

3:50                GROUNDINGS SESSION 2 (CONCURRENT SESSION)

                        YOUTH GROUNDINGS (14 and under): “A youth discussion + groundings about Black Panther and

                        understanding our history and culture through Kofi Baadu Out of Africa”

 

5:00                  GROUNDINGS HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOLUTION

 

5:30                CLOSING REMARKS         

 

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