Georgetown’s Philosophy, Anthropology Departments Co-Sponsoring Anti-Trump ‘Teach In’

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By Andrew Stiles | 1:49 pm, January 4, 2017
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Two academic departments at Washington DC’s prestigious Georgetown University are co-sponsoring an “teach-in” later this month to discuss the “racism, bigotry, and oppression” of Donald Trump, according to a report from Campus Reform.

The eight-hour event will take place January 14 on the Georgetown campus, and is billed as a gathering of “DC activists/organizers and academics from across disciplines to discuss the nature of the relationship of Trumpism to racism, bigotry, and oppression in all its multifaceted forms and the urgent question of how the left should move forward.”

In a Facebook post advertising the event, which is officially titled “Resisting, Organizing, and Building in the Age of Trump,” organizers described Donald Trump’s election as an example of the longstanding “racism, structural inequality, and injustice” in America.

The event description of Facebook only list a Georgetown University teaching assistant as the sole host, but Campus Reform obtained an email invitation to doctoral students listing the University’s philosophy and anthropology departments as official co-sponsors. The list of confirmed speakers includes several professors at Georgetown and nearby George Washington University.

According to the event description, the aim of the gathering is to explore opportunities for direct action against Trump’s presidency, and to begin “articulating a genuine alternative to the reigning neoliberal, capitalist consensus of both parties.”

A Georgetown University professor was recently criticized for allowing students to receive course credit for attending a similar anti-Trump teach-in and writing short paper on the question: “What will activism look like under Trump?”

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