The Institute is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Richard Benson to be the 2019-20 Robert Corrigan Visiting Scholar in Social Justice.
Dr. Benson will advance work on his project entitled “Resistance Under the Crown”: Black Education, Protest and Radical Activism in Britain 1965-1988", a historical project that provides a critical examination and narrative of social protest for educational equity during the era of the Black Power movement in Britain. The resulting book will investigate the intersections of: race, student-worker organizing, independent institution building & the construction of non-traditional sites of counter-hegemonic pedagogy and learning.
His project will contribute to scholars’ understanding of the historical parallels between the 1960s/1970s Black Freedom Struggle of the United States and the protest activity of the West Indian population of Britain from the 1960s through the 1980s. This work can allow for the development of scholarship and curriculum that are Diasporic in scope and interdisciplinary in practice.