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Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis

When: Monday, October 28, 2019, 4:00 pm to Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 5:00 pm
Where: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study • 10 Garden Street • Knafel Center • Cambridge

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis

How to watch the live webcast: Over the past half century, national and international struggles for freedom have been deeply shaped by revolutionary action, the contributions of feminist analysis, and, most recently, calls for prison abolition.

No single person sits more squarely at the intersection of these pivotal movements than the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

“Radical Commitments” will use Davis’s life and work to ground discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century, bringing together a cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women.

The conference also marks the opening of an exhibition highlighting materials from the Papers of Angela Y. Davis, an archive recently acquired by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe in partnership with the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. This substantial collection includes correspondence, photographs, unpublished speeches, teaching materials, organizational records, and audiovisual recordings.

Free and open to the public.


Registration is required to attend in person, and we regret that interest in our program has exceeded our current capacity.

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Registration is per person and only available online.

This event will be webcast live on this page on October 28 and 29. Registration is not required to view the webcast.

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Schedule

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019

4 PM: EXHIBITION OPENING AT SCHLESINGER LIBRARY

WELCOMING REMARKS

  • Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

FRAMING REMARKS

  • Elizabeth Hinton, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Departments of History and of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

5:15 PM: PERFORMANCES

  • Stefon Harris, jazz vibraphonist 
  • Vijay Iyer, Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
  • Nicholas Payton, jazz trumpeter and instrumentalist 
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant, jazz vocalist
  • Esperanza Spalding, professor of the practice of music, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
  • Musical director: Terri Lyne Carrington, Zildjian Chair in Performance, Berklee Global Jazz Institute

6 PM: ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION ABOUT CHILDHOOD, CASE, AND SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Bettina Aptheker, distinguished professor and University of California Presidential Cochair in Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, UC Santa Cruz 
  • Margaret Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Fania E. Davis, cofounder and co–executive director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
  • Moderator: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019

9 AM: WELCOMING REMARKS

  • Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School; and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
  • Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

FRAMING REMARKS

  • Elizabeth Hinton, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Departments of History and of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

9:30 AM: SESSION 1: "REVOLUTION"

  • Trevor Fowler, adjunct professor, Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Ericka Huggins, activist and educator
  • Robin D. G. Kelley, distinguished professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, UCLA
  • Robyn C. Spencer, associate professor of history, Lehman College, CUNY
  • Moderator: Brandon M. Terry, assistant professor of African and African American studies and of social studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

11 AM: BREAK

11:15 AM: SESSION 2: "FEMINISMS"

  • Julie Dash, distinguished professor, Department of Art & Visual Culture, Spelman College
  • Gina Dent, associate professor of feminist studies, UC Santa Cruz
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Columbia University
  • Barbara Ransby, professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Moderator: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

12:45 PM: LUNCH

2 PM: SESSION 3: "ABOLITION"

  • Kathy Boudin, codirector and cofounder, Center for Justice, Columbia University
  • Alicia Garza, cofounder, Black Lives Matter; director of strategy and partnerships, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Ruth Wilson Gilmore, professor of earth & environmental sciences and of American studies and director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Beth Richie, professor of criminology, law, and justice and of African American studies and director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Moderator: Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

3:30 PM: BREAK

3:45 PM: KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

  • Angela Davis 
  • Neferti X. M. Tadiar, professor and chair of the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Columbia University

  • Introduction from incarcerated women involved in an Angela Davis study group

4 PM: CONCLUDING REMARKS

  • Elizabeth Hinton

5 PM: RECEPTION

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