A Reading and Discussion Series on the Black Radical Tradition

Reading series poster
Monday, April 16, 2018 to Monday, June 4, 2018
UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall

This yearlong series examines how we might read US and world history differently through the lens of African/Black epistemologies and the history of Black struggle, and what these ideas and movements have to tell us about the workings of racial capitalism, slavery, colonialism, and violence as well as collective efforts to refashion freedom and democracy.

SPRING 2018:

In Spring 2018, we will read Futures of Black Radicalism, edited by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin

Monday, April 16, 5–6:30 p.m. | Chris McAuley, facilitator | Read Part I

Monday, May 7, 5–6:30 p.m. | Diane Fujino, facilitator | Read Part II

Monday, June 4, 5–6:30 p.m. | Felice Blake, facilitator | Read Part III

All sessions take place at the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall

Past Readings:

FALL 2017:

In Fall 2017, we read Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism.
WINTER 2018:

In Winter 2018, we read Clyde Woods’s Development Arrested and parts of his Development Drowned and Reborn (ed. Jordan T. Camp and Laura Pulido)

Don’t come as a tourist.
Don’t come as a prisoner.
Come as a participant.

The discussion sessions are open to all. The price of admission is free. But we insist that you come having read the materials. Please email a discussion question based on the readings to Jonathan Gomez at jdgomez@umail.ucsb.edu before we meet.

For those reading and attending, the CBSR is providing a limited number of books gratis. Please email Jonathan Gomez at jdgomez@umail.ucsb.edu for more information.

This is part of the CBSR’s series on “Transformative Scholarship, Freedom Dreams, and the Future of Black Studies.” Thanks to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research for funding and to the Department of Black Studies and UC Consortium for Black Studies in California for their collaborative visions.


Professor Diane Fujino, CBSR Director, or Rosa Pinter, Business Officer, or 805-893-3914