Events

Summer Institute 2022: Political Education and Liberatory Knowledge

Presented by the Center for Racial Justice at the University of California, Santa Cruz:

For more information about the Summer Institute, visit https://crjucsc.com/summer-institute

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Day 1: Practicing Solidarity Against Anti-Blackness in an Age of Reproduced Illusions

 

Date: Wednesday, August 10th

Time: 10:00am–12:00pm PT

 

The first day is organized around solidarity not only as a practice of resistance to racial capitalism and white supremacy but also as a matter of political education. Led by Yusef Omowale, head archivist at the Southern California Library, a community library and archive located in south-central Los Angeles, this opening session will explore community-based responses to harm and the ways that dominant ideologies and counter-hegemonic memory work can impact these efforts. Participants will engage with case studies of real-world events to analyze practices of solidarity against anti-Blackness, as well as other forms of collective resistance to state violence. Some of the questions that will be discussed include the following:

 

  • What does solidarity against anti-Blackness look like?

  • How have state-sanctioned versions of history shaped our understandings of harm and justice?

  • In what ways can critical study disrupt the violences we suffer and offer alternatives for living?

 

Featured Speaker:

 

  • Yusef Omowale is a staff member at the Southern California Library (SCL). SCL is a library and archive located in South Los Angeles that documents and makes accessible histories of struggles that challenge racism and other systems of oppression. Founded over 50 years ago, the Library holds extensive collections of histories of community resistance in Los Angeles and beyond. Over the past 10 years, Yusef has participated within long-standing traditions of collective memory work to document the impacts of policing, incarceration, displacement, and poverty. This archival labor has included political education workshops, campaign support, and offering spaces of healing and material support to ease some of the day-to-day sufferings of late capitalism.

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Day 2: Revisiting the Writings and Legacies of Harry Chang, A Forgotten Theoretician of Race

Date: Thursday, August 11th

Time: 10:00am–3:00pm PT

 

The second day focuses on the writings and legacies of Harry Chang, whose 1970s theorizations of racism through a Marxist lens shaped critical race theory, ethnic studies, and anti-imperialist community-based organizing in ways that are not broadly recognized. Although his ideas and methodological approaches to the study of race in the United States were innovative, deeply influential, and far ahead of their time, Chang himself remains a relatively unknown figure. The speakers are five community organizers and scholars who took part in Harry Chang’s workshops and political education study groups in Ohio and the Bay Area during the 1970s.

 

  • 10:00am–12:00pm: Harry Chang on Race, Class, and Korea’s National Liberation

    • Focusing on Chang’s writings, Paul Liem and JT Takagi will explore the intimate connections between Chang’s pioneering critique of racial categories in the United States and his political commitment to anti-imperialist struggle abroad.

  • 1:00pm–3:00pm: Theorizing Race after Harry Chang

    • Linda Burnham, Neil Gotanda, and Bob Wing will introduce their own work on critical race theory, racism and U.S. politics, and white supremacy, explaining how Chang’s thought gave structure and direction to their research and organizing itineraries. 

 

Featured Speakers:

 

  • Paul Liem: Chair of the Board of Directors of the Korea Policy Institute

  • JT Takagi: Executive Director of Third World Newsreel

  • Linda Burnham: Research Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

  • Niel Gotanda: Professor Emeritus at Western State College of Law

  • Bob Wing: Founding Editor of ColorLines and War Times/Tiempo de Guerras

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Day 3: Reverberations of Unending War: Enacting Anti-Imperialist Solidarity in the Korean Diaspora

 

Date: Friday, August 12th

Time: 10:00am–3:00pm PT

 

The last day of the CRJ Summer Institute foregrounds political education as an anti-imperialist tool against permanent war through a focus on the online, open-access Ending the Korean War Teaching Collective syllabus and a discussion among antiwar activists and scholars about the role of critical study in addressing the reverberations of the Korean War, a devastating war of imperial U.S. intervention that has yet to come to an end.

 

  • 10:00am–12:00pm: Liberatory Study to End the Korean War

    • Launching the collective's open-access syllabus, the first session seeks to spark a set of conversations, within and beyond academic spaces, that contest quietist or complicit approaches to the profound violence and harm of the ongoing Korean War with a focus on diaspora, kinship, an memory across geographies entangled within U.S. military empire.

 

  • 1:00pm–3:00pm: Hakseup for Radical Peace: A Conversation with Juyeon Rhee

    • During the second session, Juyeon Rhee, formerly the main coordinator for Nodutdol's grassroots political education and exposure trips to both South and North Korea, will speak about the role of anti-imperialist hakseup in fostering international solidarity within the diaspora.

 

Features Speakers:

  • Minju Bae

  • Crystal Baik

  • Patrick Chung

  • Christine Hong

  • Yuna Kim

  • Joo Ok Kim

  • Monica Kim

  • Ji-Yeon Yuh

  • Juyeon Rhee

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