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#BHM2020 Invited Talk: Paul Robeson, Black Freedom, and the Warfare State

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Paul Robeson House

4951 Walnut St.

Philadelphia, PA

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Grateful to our co-sponsors, EthnicStudiesPHL @ Swarthmore College for supporting our special Black History Month program.

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EthnicStudiesPHL, with Swarthmore College, are delighted to be collaborating with the Paul Robeson House Events in bringing Dr. Jordan T. Camp to the Robeson House (4951 Walnut St)

Saturday, February 8th, 2020, 1-3p.

In his talk, Dr. Camp examines an assault by a mob of racist white veterans of fifteen thousand people assembled in Peekskill, New York to hear world-renowned performer and radical Black activist Paul Robeson sing. Dr. Camp situates this mob attack within the context of Jim Crow capitalism, Cold War hysteria, and the expansion of U.S. Empire. Examining the state surveillance and repression of Black freedom leaders like Robeson, and other artists and activists who held the line during this tumultuous period, Camp offers a new trajectory of U.S. state formation during the Cold War. By foregrounding the theoretical work of organic intellectuals like Robeson, as well as antiracist feminist internationalist activists Claudia Jones, Lorraine Hansberry, Louise Patterson, and Eslanda Robeson, Camp offers a historically grounded analysis of racism and counterinsurgency.

Free and Open to the Public

Light Refreshments will be provided

Dr. Jordan T. Camp is Director of Research at the People’s Forum, Visiting Scholar in the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Co-Director of the Racial Capitalism Working Group in the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University.

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