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"No Geographical Boundaries: King, Africa, and the Global Struggle for Freedom"

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29

4:30-6:00 PM

Robertson Hall, Room 256

Presented by the College of Arts & Sciences


On December 10, 1965, King attended an anti-apartheid rally in New York City in which he registered his discontent with the political oppression and exploitation of black South Africans. "Racism," he noted, "is no mere American phenomenon. Its vicious grasp knows no geographical boundaries. In fact, racism and its perennial ally--economic exploitation provide the key to understanding most of the international complications of this generation."

 

The featured speaker for this event is Dr. Dagmawi Woubshet, a professor at Cornell University. Before joining the Cornell English department, Dagmawi Woubshet received his PhD from Harvard University, where he specialized in African American, comparative African Diaspora, and contemporary American literature and culture. His essays have appeared in Transition, Callaloo, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Art South Africa. His forthcoming book is entitled "Looking for the Dead: Black Queer Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS," a comparative study of AIDS writing in the United States and Ethiopia. A true itinerant, he splits his time among three cities--Ithaca, New York City, and Addis Ababa.