2021 HRI Lecture Series

2021 Human Rights Lecture Series: Black Feminism, Socialism, and the Work of Dr. Angela Davis

LIVE WATCH PARTY with (live) Q&A: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

This is the first of the three-part SJSU HRI 2021 Human Rights Lecture Series, focusing on the relevance of Black Feminism, Socialism, and the work of Dr. Angela Davis in facing the many human rights challenges of our time. This event kicked-off Black History Month and the Lecture Series with a live watch party of the award-winning documentary, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners by Shola Lynch (2012). The film details the early life of Dr. Angela Davis as a scholar, political figure, and temporary fugitive who would defend herself in an epic 1972 trial that became an international stage for revolutionary Black feminism. The live watch party featured a live Q&A with Dr. Bettina Aptheker, who appears in the film, where viewers posed additional questions about this fascinating moment and figure in U.S. history.


TEACH-IN PANEL Discussion: Dr. Angela Davis and the Indispensability of Black Feminism and Socialism in 2021

This is the second of the three-part SJSU HRI 2021 Human Rights Lecture Series, focusing on the relevance of Black Feminism, Socialism, and the work of Dr. Angela Davis in facing the many human rights challenges of our time. The event features a virtual teach-in panel discussion of Black Feminism and Socialism by internationally known scholars, Drs. Barbara Ransby, Bettina Aptheker, and Neferti X.M. Tadiar. Each guest presents a brief, but provocative talk before engaging directly with questions from the viewing audience.


Keynote Address from Dr. Angela Davis

This is the culminating event for the SJSU HRI Human Rights Lecture Series, featuring the 2021 keynote human rights lecture from Dr. Angela Davis (UC Santa Cruz, Distinguished Prof. Emerita) on the evening of Thursday, February 11th. We were fortunate enough to host Dr. Davis for the Annual Lecture in 2015, joined by many of the various architects of the #BlackLivesMatter​ movement. Now, 5 years later, Dr. Davis returned to discuss the relevance of Black feminism, politics of abolition, and revolutionary praxis to address the human rights challenges of our time. Following the lecture, Angela leads a discussion of how these ideas are shaping political struggles in our region and across the country.