Unemployed People’s Movement
Marx, Fanon & Biko: Touchstones in a Time of Crisis?
Arts Major, 5:00p.m., Tuesday 16 September
Our country is slipping into serious crisis. The state has been captured by a ruthless and predatory elite bent on plunder. The people’s struggles are being seriously repressed. From Ficksburg to Marikana and Durban activists are being murdered.
Last week we marked the anniversary of the assassination of Steven Bantu Biko. This week we are hosting a public discussion on the light that Biko, and other radical humanists like Karl Marx and Frantz Fanon, can shine into our darkening present.
Chair: Camalita Naicker, Post-graduate student, founding member of Students for Social Justice, Public Intellectual, Rhodes University
Welcome: Dr. Sizwe Mabizela, Vice-Chancellor, Public Intellectual, Rhodes University
Dr. Nigel Gibson, world renowned scholar of Fanon who has also done important work on Biko, BC and Abahlali baseMjondolo. The Caribbean Philosophy Association recently awarded Dr. Gibson the Frantz Fanon Prize.
Dr. Aubrey Mokoape, Former PAC leader, founder member of the Black Consciousness Movement, and former political prisoner first arrested with Robert Sobukwe at the age of 15 years.
Richard Pithouse, activist, academic and public intellectual, Rhodes University
Dr. Barney Pityana, founder member of the Black Consciousness Movement, academic and public intellectual