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Virtual Event: Leigh Patel

September 20 @ 7:00 pm

Venue

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Organizer

Harvard Book Store
Phone:
(617) 661-1515
Website:
http://harvard.com/
About

No Study Without Struggle:
Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education

in conversation with Jarvis R. Givens

Using campus social justice movements as an entry point, Leigh Patel shows how the struggles in higher education often directly challenged the tension between narratives of education as a pathway to improvement and the structural reality of settler colonialism that creates and protects wealth for a select few.

Through original research and interviews with activists and organizers from Black Lives Matter, the Black Panther party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Combahee River Collective, and the Young Lords, Patel argues that the struggle on campuses reflect a starting point for higher education to confront settler strategies. She reveals how blurring the histories of slavery and Indigenous removal only traps us in history and perpetuates race, class, and gender inequalities. By acknowledging and challenging settler colonialism, Patel outlines the importance of understanding the relationship between the struggle and study and how this understanding is vital for societal improvement