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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series presents the Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture

Glen Coulthard
University of British Columbia

Once Were Maoists: Third World Currents in Fourth World Anti-Colonialism

Thursday, March 5, 2020

4:00 pm

Chernoff Hall 117


This presentation will provide a history of Red Power radicalization and Indigenous-Marxist cross-fertilization. It examines the political work undertaken by a small but dedicated cadre of Native organizers going by the name Native Alliance for Red Power (or NARP) in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), from 1967 to the 1975. It argues that their political organizing and theory-building borrowed substantively and productively from a Third World-adapted Marxism which provided an appealing international language of political contestation that they not only inherited but sought to radically transform through a critical engagement with their own cultural traditions and land-based struggles. Not unlike many radicalized communities of color during this period, NARP molded and adapted the insights they gleaned from Third World Marxism abroad into their own critiques of racial capitalism, patriarchy, and internal colonialism at home.

Reception to follow at the University Club


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