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04 Dec
Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street Rudin Forum, 2nd Floor
Dec 4, 2023 | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM


[Discussion] Dismantling Racial Capitalism with Olufemi Taiwo

Join the Urban Democracy Lab for a discussion with Professor Olufemi Taiwo, author of Elite Capture (2022) and Reconsidering Reparations (2021).

Dismantling Racial Capitalism (DRC) aspires to create space to develop and sharpen our understanding of racial capitalism, how it functions, its horrific consequences, and, most importantly, how we can challenge and dismantle it. Through a series of discussions, and an annual convening, DRC brings together academics, organizers, policy-makers, students and change-makers for a deeply-rooted examination of how racial capitalism drives inequality, exploitation, and destruction, and how we can catalyze change.


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Speaker Bio

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of California Los Angeles. He has published in academic journals ranging from Public Affairs Quarterly, One Earth, Philosophical Papers, and the American Philosophical Association newsletter Philosophy and the Black Experience.

Táíwò’s theoretical work draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, anti-colonial thought, German transcendental philosophy, contemporary philosophy of language, contemporary social science, and histories of activism and activist thinkers.

His public philosophy, including articles exploring intersections of climate justice and colonialism, has been featured in The New Yorker, The Nation, Boston Review, Dissent, The Appeal, Slate, Al Jazeera, The New Republic, Aeon, and Foreign Policy.

About Sponsors

The Urban Democracy Lab promotes critical, creative, just, and sustainable forms of urbanism primarily through novel forms of practice-based research. They are a key component of Gallatin’s civic engagement that aims to break down the boundaries between the University and its surrounding communities. Their work focuses on new forms of urban democracy, whether in governance, activism, self-management, or creative production, and is fueled by a core set of beliefs: that meaningful social change and social justice can only happen when we center the voices and experiences of those impacted; that engaged scholarship can play an important role in facilitating dialogue and democratizing knowledge.

The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law confronts the laws, policies, and practices that lead to the oppression and marginalization of people of color. They believe that the racism that permeates our present day legal system has deep roots. By documenting the history of racism in America, elevating the stories of those affected by race-based inequality, and rigorously applying a racial lens to analyze unremitting disparities, they identify actionable, forward-looking solutions to address the injustices caused by racism and then take action.

The Initiative for Community Power at NYU ("The Initiative") combines the weight and assets of a global academic institution with deep community partnerships and decades of high-impact community organizing and power-building work. The Initiative catalyzes analysis, innovation, and project work to create a more equitable, democratic, and racially just society.


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