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Randall Robinson, an internationally respected social justice advocate and author, will deliver Hampshire College’s 17th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on November 6 at 4 p.m. His talk, “International Human Rights and the Need for Global Education,” will be held in the Robert Crown Center and is free and open to the public.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled.
Robinson established TransAfrica in 1979 to promote enlightened, progressive U.S. policies toward Africa and the Caribbean. As the head of TransAfrica, he led the “Free South Africa Movement,” a nationwide campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. His 1994 campaign to end military rule in Haiti included a 27-day hunger strike that caused the U.S. government to lead the successful multinational operation that returned power to Haiti’s first democratically elected, but violently overthrown, government.
Robinson is a best-selling author whose works include Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America, The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks, The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe to Each Other, Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from His Native Land, and An Unbroken Agony: From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. His most recent work is the novel Makeda.
He conceived of and hosts the television series World on Trial, which brings together activists and lawyers to debate sharply contested human rights issues before live juries.
Robinson is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and is a professor of law at Penn State University.
The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship, and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a longtime Hampshire College professor. Professor Ahmad's faculty colleagues, former students, family, and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work. Previous Eqbal Ahmad lecturers include Edward Said, Arundhati Roy, Kofi Annan, Seymour Hersh, Michelle Alexander, Amira Hass, Mustafa Barghouti, and Kimberlé Crenshaw.
For further information, please email jlcPR@hampshire.edu.