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Social Movement Histories in Practice: Oral History, Political Education, & Art


Friday, April 12, 2024, 11:00am – 4:30pm (ET)

Join us *in-person* or via YouTube livestream:

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
25 West 43rd Street, 18th floor
New York, NY 10036

Join us at CUNY’s School of Labor & Urban Studies on Friday, April 12 for a day of conversations focused on how movement histories can be shared and used in social justice work through oral history, political education, and art. We will also consider how social movements have occasioned new historical understandings, in part by building counter archives and narratives. Conference participants include artists, historians, and social movement organizers.

This conference is co-organized by the Murphy Institute and Student & Community Affairs at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and Fordham University.


11:00am – 11:15am:  Welcome 

11:15am – 12:30pm:  Oral History Roundtable 

How can oral history projects contribute to historical understanding and support movement building?

Featuring Julian González BeltrezObden Mondésir, and Cynthia Tobar

Moderated by Lindsay Zafir

12:30pm – 1:30pm:  Lunch (food and drink will be served)

1:30–2:45pm:  Political Education Roundtable 

What is your approach to using movement history in political education?
Featuring Jennifer DislaBrian Garita, and Coco Tomas Reed
Moderated by Alethia Jones

3:00pm – 4:15pm:  Art Roundtable 

What role do artists and cultural workers play in movement building and our understanding of movement histories?
Featuring Alicia GrullónMark Loughney, and Betty Yu
Moderated by Re’al Christian

4:15pm – 4:30pm:  Closing 

When a Black Man Attempts to Become a Man Black Masculinities & the 20th Century Black Freedom Struggle


Thursday, April 18, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (ET)

Lecture by D’Weston Haywood. Q&A with Zoom audience to follow.
Hosted via Zoom by the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies 

About D’Weston Haywood:

D’Weston Haywood is an Associate Professor of History at Hunter College. He is a historian of twentieth century American History with research and teaching interests in Black protest and protest thought, Black masculinity, Black Power, and intersections of Black culture, Black politics, and Black public spheres.

His first book, Let Us Make Men: The Twentieth-Century Black Press and a Manly Vision for Racial Advancement  (UNC 2018), reinterprets the Black press as a tool of Black men’s leadership, public vocalization, gender and identity formation, and space for the construction of ideas of ‘proper’ Black masculinity that shaped the 20th Century Black freedom struggle to wage a fight for racial justice and black manhood.

URBAN STUDIES Speaker Series 2024

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“Who Runs This Town?” – Destin Jenkins

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

25 West 43rd Street, 14th floor – Room 1426

New York, NY 10036
This series of public lectures is sponsored by the Urban Studies department at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
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