Black study and the radical collaborations between the university and the community

Library of Birmingham - Centenary Square - B1 2ND, Room 101
Wednesday 25 May 2022 (18:00-21:00)

Dr Shirley Ye:

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Speaker: Professor Kris Manjapra

Kris Manjapra's visit from May to August 2022 is supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

The mission of the university is to disperse knowledge and support social mobility. Yet, the university, as an educational-industrial complex, also restricts access to knowledge and opportunity, especially along borders of race, gender and class. Kris Manjapra, at Tufts University in Boston, reflects on his work as a scholar activist devoted to forging collaborations with community organisations to tear down exclusive university walls. He will share the Black Futures Matter online certificate course project, a collaboration between Tufts University, two major civic organisations of the US South, and an emerging network of university teachers. This will also be an opportunity for activists and community members in Biormingham to share their experiences with disrupting the educational-industrial complex in pursuit of social change.

Kris Manjapra and Shirley Ye will host a series of seminars for students in May and June 2022. 

Speaker biography

Kris Manjapra, professor of History at Tufts University (Boston, USA) works at the intersection of comparative global history and the critical study of race and colonialism.  He aims to break down disciplinary boundaries and explode the walls separating the university from larger and more diverse communities.  He is the founder of a site-based nonprofit, Black History in Action, dedicated to the restoration and reactivation of a Black cultural heritage center in Cambridge, MA.  Kris also co-organizes a free online community certificate course, entitled Black Futures Matter, serving people’s assemblies across the US and the Caribbean. 


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