Public Series & Schools
Walter Rodney and Anti-Imperialist Politics Today
The year 2022 marks 50 years since Guyana’s revolutionary, Walter Rodney, published How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. To celebrate the book and the life of Walter Rodney, Tshisimani held a week-long program in partnership with the Walter Rodney People’s Revolutionary Library, as part of it’s Radical Thinkers Series. The series included film screenings, public seminars, popular education workshops and closed with a youth day cultural event commemorating the valour of the South African youth of 1976. Walter Rodney died young – at the age of 38. His life as a revolutionary-intellectual was short-lived but impactful. We commemorated that spirit throughout the event with young people from all over Cape Town.
This is an archive of the series, including recordings of public events, images from the programme and a short documentary highlighting the popular education workshops at the centre of this program. It includes materials and insights into how to platform Rodney’s work for young people today through film, poetry and collective reading.
Navigating the Archive
Click the link to see content related to the following events:
Day 1: Film Screening: Disturbance 68; The Past is Not the Future
This includes the inputs which framed the start of the program, including messages from Patricia Rodney and Vusi Mahlangu from the Walter Rodney Revolutionary Library.
Day 2: Walter Rodney Through Popular Education
This documents the popular education workshops held during the program including a short-documentary on the process it undertook and some key lessons we drew from it as well as lesson plans for the program itself.
Day 2: Dr Natasha Shivji presents Rodney’s Understanding of Imperialism
Dr Natasha Shivji delivers a public lecture on Rodney’s idea of imperialism with an active and involved audience.
Day 3: A Rebel’s Guide to Walter Rodney – A Book Launch
This book launch includes inputs from Moloadi Wa Sekake and Chinedu Chukwudinma on A Rebel’s Guide to Walter Rodney and Socialism NoMuntu Omusha.
Day 3: Cultural Evening: A Song for Rodney
This reflection on the cultural evening includes an overview of the evening including unique poetry performances on anti-imperialism and a collaboration with Jazz in the Native Yards.