With mass demonstrations across the globe in response to the killings of George Floyd, and in America the largest uprisings experienced since the 1960s. We meet to discuss the inspiring Black Lives Matter movement and how we can forge solidarity from within our union and with UK protests. The UK is not innocent, and we are witnessing police violence on our streets on those protesting.
UCU left hosted meeting
Monday 8 June, 7.30pm.
- Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh
- Hakim Adi, Professor of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester
- Shirin Hirsch is a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and People’s History Museum, and a UCU activist.
With uprisings in America in response to the brutal police killing of George Floyd, how do we respond here in post-16 education to institutional racism at work and in our society? What movements are there to decolonise our curriculum? How do we fight against casualisation within our workforce, and the disproportionate impact on BME staff and students? What challenges does the current pandemic pose and how do we build an anti-racist classroom that connects with past and present movements?
Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written numerous histories “from below” including The Many-Headed Hydra (with Peter Linebaugh) and The Slave Ship. His scholarship and activism focus on race and class in American and Atlantic history.
Hakim Adi is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester. He was the first full professor of History who is of African or Caribbean heritage at a British university. He is the editor of the new book Black British History: New Perspectives. He was one of the founders of BASA and the founder and consultant historian to the Young Historians Project.
Shirin Hirsch is a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and People’s History Museum and a UCU activist.