Fanon: Wretched of the Earth


Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30PM
January 30 through March 13, 2015
@ The Brooklyn Commons

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A film with Six-Week Class
Beginning Friday January 30, 2015
Kazembe Balagun

“The settler makes history and is conscious of making it. And because he constantly refers to the history of his mother country, he clearly indicates that he himself is the extension of that mother country. Thus the history which he writes is not the history of the country which he plunders but the history of his own nation in regard to all that she skims off, all that she violates and starves.”
—Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

Continuing the reading and writing of Frantz Fanon’s works. We will open up this winter with a film on the role of violence furthering or hindering liberation.

6-Session Class Begins
Friday, February 6, 5:30 PM at The Commons

Please note: This term begins with an extra session – a special film screening held on January 30 @ Interference Archive
131 8th Street, No. 4 • Brooklyn, NY 11215

6-Session Class Begins
Friday, February 6, 5:30 PM at The Commons

With deft analysis and radical fervor, Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was the patron saint of the revolutionary movements of the global south. As a psychiatrist and writer he played a key part in the liberation of Algeria. His seminal work Wretched of the Earth is still considered “The Handbook of Black Revolution” and influenced everyone from the Black Panthers to cultural workers like film maker Gillo Pontecorvo, Marlon Riggs and bell hooks. This term we will focus on Fanon’s most developed work The Wretched of The Earth.

Along with reading The Wretched of the Earth works selected from Richard Wright, Karl Marx, bell hooks, G.W.F Hegel and Amiri Baraka will be taken on. We will also produce written reflections and will present some of these and more at a public symposium to take place during the coming spring of 2015.

Kazembe Balagun has a BA in Philosophy and Black Studies from Hunter College/CUNY and a MS in Education from Pace University. He has been featured in Time Out New York, The UK Guardian, German Public Radio and the New York Times and contributed “We Be Reading Marx Where We From” to the critically acclaimed anthology Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA. As a cultural activist he has cointinually sought to create intersections between Marxism, queer theory, feminism and Black liberation movements. He works as Project Manager at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New York Office.


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