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On the Streets for Social Justice: Lessons from the Past

Friday, October 2, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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The global wave of protests for racial justice did not occur in isolation or in a vacuum. Is this social movement like others in history? Or is it unique? What can be learned by looking at past protests with similar characteristics? This panel will consider the 2020 protests in light of the legacies of colonialism, self-determination, and previous struggles for universal human rights.

Michael Canham is chief director for international relations and inter-governmental relations in the Office of the Governor of Gauteng, South Africa.

Adom Getachew is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at The University of Chicago.

Neil Roberts will moderate this conversation. He is chair and professor of Africana studies and faculty affiliate in political science and religion at Williams College.

This program is co-sponsored by Carnegie Council and Open Society University Network.