Writing to Influence: How Academia Inspires Action with Christopher Paul Harris

Dec 7, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Online Event


Event Description
Writing for Activism: How Academia Inspires Action with Christopher Paul Harris

Does all academia have to take place in an armchair or ivory tower? Drawing on his own experiences as an activist and organizer, Christopher Paul Harris will use this workshop to show how academic writing can be used as a form of protest and a catalyst for change, while also showing the ways that scholarly political thought has failed to meaningfully contribute to progress and social and social transformation. His first book is To Build a Black Future: The Radical Politics of Joy, Pain, and Care, takes readers inside the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) against the backdrop of the centuries long Black freedom struggle. Advancing an abolitionist critique of the capitalist world-system, his Harris will help you understand the political lives, thought, and cultures of the Black diaspora and the underlying social forces that shape them

About the series: 

In close collaboration with Princeton University Press, Princeton Writes, the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship, and other partners, this GradFUTURES Learning Cohort will help you hone writing (and other communication) skills in order to connect your ideas with audiences that need to hear them. We’ll cover how to keep your writing clear, interesting, and relevant.

The series will feature online presentations and in-person, hands-on workshops. You’ll hear from nationally-recognized voices in a series of Zoom Lunch & Learns with Princeton University Press authors like Christopher Paul Harris, Jelani Favors, Marybeth Gasman, Joseph C. Ewoodzie, and Tara Dawson-McGuinness, and you’ll also connect with people and resources that will help you move from theory to practice. In the Spring, you’ll have the chance to earn a badge in public writing—while producing public-facing work of your own in a supportive, mentored environment.


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