Decolonizing the University: Fulfilling the Dream of a Third World College

Starting Date: 02-26-2010
Ending Date: 02-27-2010

UC Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94701
United States
"DECOLONIZING THE UNIVERSITY: Fulfilling the Dream of the Third World College," in commemoration of the Ethnic Studies Department's 40th anniversary and in celebration of the 10th annual Cultural Night of Resistance. Simultaneously inspired by activism from youth of color on campus, local grassroots organizations and the Black Panther Party, international movements for decolonization, and the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) strike of 1968 at San Francisco State University (SFSU), which is the longest student strike in the nation, UC Berkeley's TWLF went on strike in January of 1969. One of their demands was that funds be allocated for the implementation of a Third World College. The idea of a Third World College called for epistemological, pedagogical, institutional, and social change, to be facilitated by the creation of departments of Asian Studies, Black Studies, Chicano Studies, Native American Studies, and any other Ethnic Studies programs as they developed. Since then, there is only one College of Ethnic Studies in the nation (at SFSU), and only some universities with ethnic studies departments or programs. The purpose of this conference is to have collective dialogues about fulfilling the dream of the Third World College and decolonizing the university at large. These goals are more relevant today than ever given the demographic change in the state and the nation, and the racial, sexual, gendered, and colonial dimensions of transnational capitalism, neoconservatisms, and neoliberalism globally. It is also significant that as people of color have become the majority in the state of California, the state has dramatically changed its priorities in funding and it is about to allocated more resources to prisons than to public higher education. The prison, rather than the school and the university, seems to have become the standard institution for underrepresented populations in the nation and the state. info
Geographical Scope: National


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