Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


POSTPONED: Talking Points Seminar - Malcolm X and Educational Practice

19 May 2020, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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Due to the ongoing crisis most of our events have been postponed. The IAS looks forward to welcoming back former Visiting Research Fellow Dr Arun Rasiah, Associate Professor & Director of Liberal Studies at Holy Names University in Oakland, California for this talk. Respondents: Xine Yao (English, UCL) and Darren Chetty (IoE, UCL)

This event is free.

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IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

Due to the ongoing crisis most of our events have been postponed.

Dr Arun Rasiah's presentation explores the contribution and legacy of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) to educational thought. At the heart of the canonical Autobiography of Malcolm X is his celebrated account of learning in prison and conversion to Islam. This dual pursuit of truth, an intellectual and spiritual awakening, was ultimately realized more fully with his international travels and pilgrimage. The notion of self-determination defines his efforts to seek knowledge and freedom, while shaping collective aspirations in a pedagogy of political, cultural, and intellectual sovereignty. Malcolm X embodied a practice of critique in his call for independent thought and commitment to an ethics of solidarity that promoted ‘global black thinking’ across geopolitical boundaries. The transformations that he experienced have inspired countless others, including the student movement for black and ethnic studies fifty years ago. Materials related to his life from various genres and media continue to serve as educational sources, the totality of which forms a curriculum of decolonization.

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