The eighth annual new college conference on racism and national consciousness | land and freedom |

Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 14:00 to 21:35

This year the Annual New College Conference on Racism & National Consciousness will be looking at the issue of land and its relation to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.  Beginning with President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and the beacon of change which is the Bolivarian Revolution in Latin America, our attention will shift to the Indian Subcontinent, where capitalist imperialism, militarism, and genocidal state terror have ravaged the present day nation-states of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka.  Subsequently taking up the issue of African Liberation and the need for a Pan-African National Consciousness, we present a Keynote address delivered by the Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party, Omali Yeshitela, and then conclude the day’s proceedings with a discussion on "Land and Indigenous Peoples".

This year will also mark the official launch of the first edited volume of the exciting incisive activist scholarship to have emerged out of this conference series | The White Supremacist State: Euorcentrism, Imperialism, Colonialism, Racism.  Copies of this collection of critical essays will be available for purchase.

This conference is free and open to all.  For the past seven years it has attracted over 300 scholars, students, activists, writers, community and cultural workers from a wide spectrum of interests. Lunch will be provided.   PLEASE REGISTER with the New College Programs Secretary at [email protected] well ahead of the date so we can cater for enough food for everyone.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

10am – 10:15am
Welcome
Principal of New College, Shahrzad Mojab

10:15am – 10:25am
Conference Introduction
Anrold H. Itwaru

10:25am – 11:25am
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maria Paez Victor.
Topic: “From conquistadores, Dictators and Multinationals to the Bolivarian Revolution”

11:25am – 11:40am
(Discussion)

11:40am – 11:45am
(Break)

11:45am – 12:30pm

BOOK LAUNCH:

“THE WHITE SUPREMACIST STATE: EUROCENTRISM,
IMPERIALISM, COLONIALISM, RACISM”
EDITED BY: ARNOLD H. ITWARU

This work of activist scholarship has emerged out of the RACISM & NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS Conference throughout the past seven years. Scholars who have contributed to this volume include Ward Churchill; Arnold H. Itwaru; Sunera Thobani; Natasha Ksonzek; Ella Shohat and Robert Stam; Henry Giroux; Nandita Sharma; Julia Sudbury; Marianne Vardalos; Lorne Foster.

12:30pm – 1:00pm
(Lunch)

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Panel I: “Nations, Nation-States, and the Holocaust of Modernity”
Panel Convener/Co-ordinator: Umesh Sharma

Speaker: Navyug Gill
Title: “Cultivating Cultivators: Notes on the Regulation of the Means and Modes of Production in Colonial Punjab”

Speaker: Jessica Chandrashekar
Title: “Sexual Violence Against Tamil Women and the Construction of ‘humanness’ in Sri Lanka”

Speaker: Harsha Walia
Title: “Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Making of the Apartheid System of Migration and Control in Canada”

2:15pm – 2:30pm
(Discussion)

2:30pm – 2:45pm
(Break)

2:45pm – 3:45pm
Second Keynote: Omali Yeshitela | Chairman of The African People’s Socialist Party
Title: “National Consciousness and African Liberation”

3:45pm – 4:10pm
(Discussion)

4:10pm – 4:20pm
(Break)

4:20pm – 5:20pm
Panel II: "Land and Indigenous Peoples"

Speaker: Asad Ismi
Title: “The pivotal role of Indigenous Peoples in the
Latin American Revolution”

Speaker: TBA

5:20pm – 5:35pm
(Discussion)

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?invites&eid=142933987678

Web: http://racismandnationalconsciousness.wordpress.com/

Video: http://www.vimeo.com/rnc

Email: [email protected]
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CONFERENCE CO-ORDINATORS

| ARNOLD H. ITWARU | NATASHA KSONZEK | UMESH SHARMA |

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SUPPORTED BY THE CARIBBEAN STUDIES PROGRAM AND THE OFFICE OF

THE PRINCIPAL, NEW COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
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Toronto , ON
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