The curriculum is not just the “stuff” that students must learn to be knowledgeable and skilled in a particular discipline. It’s about more than just content.
The first time I saw a copy of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney, I was in my first year at university. The book had a yellowing yellow cover and was nestled in the armpits of one of those people we not-so fondly called, ”Aluta boys.’ The first thought on my mind was, ‘what fresh hell is this?!!!‘
Black Earth Rising has finally ended, after a massive 8 weeks. For me, it was well worth every second I spent watching each hour long episode. The acting was superb. Every actor was absolutely on point. There was not a false moment. Such a strong female cast. My personal favourites… Every scene with Michaela Coel. The power trio. Lucian Msamati. Noma Dumezweni. Abena Ayivor. A ‘cameo’ from Wale Ojo as the refugee Doctor, Tamara Tunie as the gynaecologically oversharing Eunice Clayton…
On the 4th of October 2018, I gave a Black History Month talk, in which I argued that the ‘celebration’ of Black History Month should be more than an act of remembrance of voices at the margins but must have bringing about radical transformations as an ultimate aim. Especially in the context of such celebration by a university and within a university. And especially in the International Decade of People of African Descent.
Stephen (Steve) Bantu Biko was born in Kingwilliamstown, Cape Province, on 18 December 1946, the third child of his parents. His father died when Steve was four. Biko completed his high school education in Natal at the Roman Catholic Mariannhill. In 1965, he began medical school in the Non-European section of the University of Natal. And it was here that he formed the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in 1968.
In light of the unparalleled success of our launch event, we the organisers of FACE, (Forever Africa Conference and Events), are now turning our hands to planning FACE 2019. [Some of the points here are included in the previous FACE post, but it occurs to me that only the strong will read that post all the way to the bottom!]
‘Education does not change the world. Education changes people. People change the world.’ — Paulo Freire, Brazilian Philosopher and Educator
In the 2018/2019 academic year, Yvette Russell and I will be (for the first time) teaching a unit called Law and Race. It is a very exciting prospect, not least because there are very few law schools in the UK who teach Race in any direct or focused way, and much fewer have a unit dedicated to Race.