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About the talk:
Cedric Robinson – political theorist, historian and activist – was one of the greatest black radical thinkers of the twentieth century, whose work resonates deeply with contemporary movements such as Black Lives Matter. In this powerful work, the first major book to tell the story of Cedric Robinson, Joshua Myers shows how Robinson’s work interrogated the foundations of Western political thought, modern capitalism, and the changing meanings of race. Tracing the course of Robinson’s journey from his early days as an agitator in the 60s against the US’s reactionary foreign policy to his publication of such seminal works within Black Studies as Black Marxism, Myers frames Robinson’s mission as one that aimed to understand and practice resistance “the terms of order.”; In so doing, Robinson excavated the Black radical tradition as a form of resistance that imagined that life on wholly different terms was possible.
About the speakers:
Joshua M. Myers is an associate professor of Africana studies in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University. He is the author of We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989 (NYU Press, 2019) and Cedric Robinson: The Time of the Black Radical Tradition (Polity, 2021), as well as the editor of A Gathering Together: Literary Journal.
Françoise B. Cromer is a visiting assistant professor of political science at Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, New Jersey where she teaches American studies and global studies, African history, African American history, comparative politics, and general education/first year seminar courses. Cromer taught an American politics and government summer course on Malcolm X, social justice, and self transformation as the transitional advisor to incoming first year students for three years. Cromer earned her masters and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has authored peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, and is an editor for professional journals and a publisher.