International symposium
Paul Robeson

With Jared Ball, Lisenne Delgado, Mohammed Elnaiem, Tania Cristina Monteiro, Anne Wetsi Mpoma, Shana L. Redmond, Mireille Tsheusi Robert, Louna Sbou & Sylvana Simons
21.10.2022 & 22.10.2022

‘Paul Robeson, world famous baritone, leading Moore Shipyard [Oakland, CA] workers in singing the Star Spangled Banner, here at their lunch hour recently, after he told them: ‘This is a serious job — winning this war against fascists. We have to be together.’ Robeson himself was a shipyard worker in World War I.’ — September 1942, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

International symposium
Paul Robeson — The Artist as Revolutionary

With Jared Ball, Lisenne Delgado, Mohammed Elnaiem, Baruch Gottlieb, Gerald Horne, Robert Machiri, Tania Cristina Monteiro, Anne Wetsi Mpoma, Shana L. Redmond, Mireille Tsheusi Robert, Louna Sbou & Sylvana Simons.

event
Friday 21.10.2022 & Saturday 22.10.2022

location
West Den Haag in the Former American Embassy The Hague Lange Voorhout 102 2284 EH Den Haag

tickets
€ 25,00 / 10,00 (regular/student) – 2 days
€ 15,00 / 5,00 (regular/student) – 1 day
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Introduction
Paul Robeson was, at the peak of his fame in the 1930s and 1940s, one of the most recognisable celebrities in the world. As a star on stage and screen, he was also a committed political activist for the full and equal rights of Black people, Pan-African solidarity, and the struggle against fascism and imperialism. The public program associated with our year-long exhibition project ‘Paul Robeson: Artist as Revolutionary’ evokes how art and political commitments are intertwined in this unique career. This international symposium explores various facets of this fascinating figure in the context of today's challenges and struggles. Together we examine how the arts can function to mobilise political agency and build solidarity in the context of the causes to which Robeson dedicated his life. The discussants come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from academia to the arts, from activism to electoral politics, and all exemplify Robeson's multidimensionality where all talents are sharpened in the struggle for a better world.