Kevin Anderson • Ndindi Kitonga • Kieran Durkin
Saturday, 12 October, 3:45 p.m.
In targeting this exploitative, racist, sexist, heterosexist, system, it is important to elaborate a humanist alternative. This panel will do so by exploring revolutionary humanist thought — from Marx to Fanon and from Fromm to Dunayevskaya — as a perspective on and an alternative to, not only the liberal capitalist order, but also the three main forms of authoritarianism of the past century: colonialism, fascism, and Stalinism.
Kevin B. Anderson grew up in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area and attended Trinity College, Hartford, during which time he became active in the social justice movements of the late 1960s. In the 1970s, he became a Marxist-Humanist and a scholar-activist, receiving a PhD in Sociology from City University of New York Graduate Center in 1983. He lived in the Chicago area for 25 years, during which time he taught at Northern Illinois and Purdue Universities and served as Literary Agent for the Estate of Raya Dunayevskaya. Since 2009, he has been teaching in the Sociology Department at University of California, Santa Barbara, with affiliations to the Departments of Political Science, Feminist Studies, and Global Studies.
Ndindi Kitonga, Ph.D. is a Kenyan-American revolutionary educator, a long-time organizer, and activist. She is the co-founder of Angeles Workshop School, a radical secondary school in Los Angeles with a focus on democratic learning and class consciousness. She is also a member of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization as well as the Association of Raza Educators, a liberatory grassroots teacher collective. In addition to her work in K-12 education, Ndindi is a faculty member at Longy School of Music of Bard College where she teaches courses in critical curriculum inquiry and teaching methods. Ndindi is also published in the areas of revolutionary critical pedagogy, and democratic education.
Kieran Durkin is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the University of York and Visiting Scholar at UC-Santa Barbara. He is currently researching the Humanist Marxist tradition, looking at thinkers such as Erich Fromm, Raya Dunayevskaya, C.L.R. James, Henri Lefebvre, E. P. Thompson, Karel Kosík, and the Yugoslav Praxis Philosophers. He is author of The Radical Humanism of Erich Fromm (shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize) and has written for New German Critique and Distinktion journals, amongst others