Join us on 21-22 March 2014 at the AUC RWWL for “Africa: The Gateway” where we will explore economic development, policies, governance, relationships, social justice and the arts as they relate to the continent. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Shelby F. Lewis will deliver the Keynote Address on March 21st. Dr. Robert (Bobby) Hill is the Distinguished Guest Speaker on March 22nd. Both Dr. Lewis and Dr. Hill knew Rodney personally: Lewis from her work in Tanzania, Hill from his work in Jamaica and at the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Lewis is Professor Emeritus at Clark Atlanta University, Executive Director of The Lewis Foundation and an international development consultant. Dr. Hill is Professor Emeritus of History and Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a renowned Marcus Garvey Scholar and a Visiting Fellow at The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, W.I.
There will also be presentations by academics and activists, including: Dr. Chapurukha Kusimba (American University), Dr. Guy Martin (Winston-Salem State University), Dr. Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (University of California, Irvine), Friends of the Congo (incl. Kwame Lyndon Wilburg, Host/WRFG Beyond Borders/Atlanta FOTC) & Maurice Carney, Founder/Executive Director FOTC National), a Student Panel and The Groundings (community engagement and discussion). Entertainment will be provided by local and international artists/activists Black Noise, Bocafloja, Native Sun and Ras Kofi.
When & Where
Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
111 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
3rd Floor - Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall
Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
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THE WALTER RODNEY FOUNDATION
The symposium honors the work of Dr. Walter Rodney (1942-1980), Pan-Africanist historian, educator and political activist. His works include How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, The Groundings with My Brothers, A History of the Upper Guinea Coast and A History of the Guyanese Working People.
The event is hosted by the Walter Rodney Foundation in collaboration with the African American Human Rights Foundation, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, Clark Atlanta University Department of Political Science, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University African and African Diaspora Studies and Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center.
The WRF has partnered with Africa Atlanta 2014. Visit www.africaatlanta.org for additional details.