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Declaration of Rights: On Teaching, Racism, and...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 4070

"Declaration of Rights: On Teaching, Racism and Anti-Racism"

Presented by Professor Warren Steele as part of the FIMS Seminar Series 2019/2020.

Abstract: This talk is about what I’ve learned teaching undergraduates about racism. My goal is to synthesize a decade of experience and communicate a teaching philosophy openly socialist in nature. One meant to develop and equip new comrades with the knowledge needed to defeat racism. Hence, it’s about the relationship between teaching and politics, theory and practice, race and class, and starts from the premise that teaching is an inherently political act. As such, I argue that pedagogical approaches to racism must be aggressively anti-racist, and therefore politicized in particular ways for the public good. For if only socialism can fight racism, because only it can accurately describe what race and racism are, a left class politics must be constantly foregrounded to liberate people from both. This approach reveals the scale and the nature of the problem, as well as what’s still to be done, especially in the absence of a strong workers party and an organized working class.

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