The fourth event of our series Decolonize That: 5 Interventions was streamed live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on October 23rd, 2020.
Featuring Sophia Azeb and Anthony C. Alessandrini.
Transforming the university requires demanding an end to racial injustice, white supremacy, and policing practices on every campus. Two activist scholars in English departments start by decolonizing diversity and inclusion initiatives that extract disproportionate labor from faculty of color.
Anthony Alessandrini is a professor of English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY and is on the faculty of the MA Program in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is also a member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. He is the author of Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different; the editor of Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives; and the co-editor of “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey. He is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya E-Zine and a contributor to Status Audio Journal.
Sophia Azeb is Assistant Professor of Black Studies in the Department of English (University of Chicago). She has a book in progress titled Another Country: Constellations of Blackness in Afro-Arab Cultural Expression. She is currently engaged in the campaign to disband the UCPD (University of Chicago Police Department) as part of the #MoreThanDiversity collective demands in solidarity with students and organizer