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11th annual Walter Rodney Symposium in Atlanta

Annual Walter Rodney Symposium
Annual Walter Rodney Symposium
Walter Rodney Foundation

The annual Walter Rodney Symposium will be held on March 21-22, 2014 at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. The theme for the two-day symposium is “Africa: The Gateway” and will explore, economic development, policies, governance, relationships, social justice and the arts as they relate to the continent.

Dr. Shelby F. Lewis will deliver the Keynote Address on March 21st. Dr. Robert (Bobby) Hill is the Distinguished Guest Speaker on March 22nd. Both Dr. Lewis and Dr. Hill knew Rodney personally: Lewis from her work in Tanzania, Hill from their work in Jamaica and at the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Lewis is Professor Emeritus at Clark Atlanta University, Executive Director of The Lewis Foundation and an international development consultant. Dr. Hill is Professor Emeritus of History and Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a renowned Marcus Garvey Scholar and a Visiting Fellow at The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, W.I.

There will also be presentations by scholars and activists, including: Dr. Chapurukha Kusimba (American University), Dr. Guy Martin (Winston-Salem State University), Dr. Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (University of California, Irvine), Friends of the Congo (incl. Kwame Lyndon Wilburg, Host/WRFG Beyond Borders/Atlanta FOTC) & Maurice Carney, Founder/Executive Director FOTC National), a Student Panel and The Groundings (community engagement and discussion). Entertainment will be provided by local and international artists/activists Black Noise, Bocafloja, Native Sun and Ras Kofi.


The Walter Rodney Symposium is hosted by the Walter Rodney Foundation in collaboration with the African American Human Rights Foundation, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, Clark Atlanta University Department of Political Science, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University African and African Diaspora Studies and Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center. For more information on the symposium, contact: Karen Jefferson, 404-978-2045, kjefferson@auctr.edu.

About Walter Rodney Symposium
Each year, the Walter Rodney Symposium is held during the week of his birthday (23 March). The goal is to bring together scholars, researchers, activists, students and the community to discuss contemporary issues from a Rodney perspective and the continuing relevance of Walter’s life and work. The Annual Walter Rodney Symposium is held at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, 111 James P. Brawley Dr. SW Atlanta, Georgia and is free and open to the public.