A New Vision of Black Freedom: The Manning Marable Memorial Conference

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - Saturday, April 28, 2012 The Heyman Center

Sponsors

Institute for Research in African American Studies

Ford Foundation

Center for Contemporary Black History

Columbia University Libraries

Office of the University Chaplain

Department of History

Department of Political Science

School of International and Public Affairs

Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning

In an era of emerging social protests and revolutions the world over, the conference will reflect the late professor’s emphasis on history and social analysis as ways of illuminating national and global socio-economic crises and their underlying causes. Dr. Marable’s work emphasized the union of scholarly analysis and grassroots activism as a central project of progressive social transformation. The conference seeks to bring together scholars, students, activists, teachers, artists, social workers, community residents and others for a series of democratic conversations about the task of creating a more equitable and just world.

The political spirit of the conference reflects Dr. Marable’s materialist critique of racism (past and present), imperialism, war, and capitalist exploitation, as well as his commitment to the black radical tradition; transnational liberation movements; human rights; environmental justice; radical democracy; solidarity and common cause among—and comparative analysis of—the struggles of oppressed and colonized people around the world; workers; women; the poor; people of color; gays and lesbians; immigrants; and prisoners. The conference seeks to generate new energy, analysis, ideas and initiatives that creatively address and engage the social problems that Dr. Marable’s work addressed, especially the ongoing crisis of structural racism in national and global political economies.

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