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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lewis Gordon and the Fanon Commemoration

Old Man Winter once again interfered with our plans at MOCH in coordinating the Fanon event with Dr. Gordon. Of course, the University was closed that Thursday because of the abrupt snowstorm that dumped several inches of snow on us. Needless to say, we were anxious about how many people would attend the event when it was rescheduled for Friday. Dr. Gordon was already scheduled to give the introduction to the Mid-South Philosophy Conference that weekend, so he graciously decided to extend and merge his talk to include some points on Fanon.

And the event went well! There were around 80 or so in attendance! We were all delighted by Dr. Gordon's talk. In his opening remarks, he cited the (then developing) situation in Egypt as "a textbook example of Fanon's theory". His brief introduction of Fanon's life and works set a lively and intellectual tone for the conference and our event. We are most grateful that things worked out so well!

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