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1453 Mission St
1453 Mission Street Namaste Hall, San Francisco, California 94103
** This event is sold out, but you are welcome to come and see if there are any available seats day of! The room is expected to be very full!**
Join us for an evening with revolutionary activist-scholars to discuss what kind of political education, action and learning we need in these difficult times. The Department of Anthropology and Social Change, PM Press and LAPES (the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society) are hosting this event. Speakers will include Matt Meyer, Rob Haworth, John Elmore, Ward Churchill, Natsu Taylor Saito, and Juliana «Jewels» Smith. JUST ADDED, Sekou Odinga!
Matt Meyer is a native New York City-based educator, activist, and author, is the War Resisters International Africa Support Network Coordinator, and a United Nations/ECOSOC representative of the International Peace Research Association. The founding chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and former Chair of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED), Meyer has long worked to bring together academics and activists for lasting social change. Meyer’s writings appear in numerous journals, and as a frequent contributor to Waging Nonviolence and New Clear Vision. His most recent book is We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM, 2012).
Robert H. Haworth is an assistant professor in the Department of Professional and Secondary Education at West Chester University who teaches courses focusing on the social foundations of education, anarchism, and critical pedagogies. He has published internationally on anarchism, youth culture, informal learning spaces, and critical social studies education. He cofounded worker-owned and -operated Regeneration TV as well as other academic research collectives.
John Elmore is professor and chairperson in the Department of Professional and Secondary Education at West Chester University, Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in critical pedagogy, politics of education, history of education, and philosophy of education. His research and publications have focused primarily on education for social justice, democracy, atheism, and antiauthoritarianism.
Ward Churchill was a member of the leadership council of Colorado AIM until 2102, A past national spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and UN delegate for the International Indian Treaty Council, currently a member of the Council of Elders of the original Rainbow Coalition. Now retired, Churchill was professor of American Indian Studies and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies until 2005, when he became the focus of a major academic freedom case. He has written nearly two dozen books including Among his two dozen books are Acts of Rebellion (2003), and Kill the Indian, Save the Man (2004).
Natsu Taylor Saito teaches public international law and international human rights; seminars in race and the law, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights; and professional responsibility. Saito's scholarship focuses on the legal history of race in the United States, the plenary power doctrine as applied to immigrants, American Indians, and U.S. territorial possessions, and the human rights implications of U.S. governmental policies, particularly with regard to the suppression of political dissent. She is writing a book on settler colonialism and race in America.
Juliana «Jewels» Smith is the creator and writer of (H)afrocentric that features four disgruntled undergrads of color and their adventures at Ronald Reagan University. In 2016, Smith took home the Glyph Award for Best Writer for Volume 4 of her independent series. She was also honored by the African American Library and Museum of Oakland with the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award. She created (H)afrocentric as a way to challenge students and readers alike about the presumptions around race, class, gender and sexuality through character dialogue. She has given talks about the relationship between comics, humor, racial justice, and gender equity at The Schomburg Center, New York Comic Con, Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cooper Union, and more.
Sekou Odinga was a member of Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity, a founding member of the New York chapter of the Black Panther Party as well as the Black Panther International Section, and was a member of the NY Panther 21. A citizen of the Republic of New Afrika and combatant of the Black Liberation Army, Sekou was captured in October 1981, mercilessly tortured, and spent the following thirty-three years behind bars—a prisoner of war and political prisoner of the U.S. empire. Since his release in November 2014, he has remained a stalwart fighter for justice and for the release of all political prisoners.