Panel 1

9:30AM – 11:00AM
Walter Rodney and a non-Dogmatic, Revolutionary Left

Walter Rodney was a legendary historian, scholar and activist, tragically assassinated by the dictatorship in Guyana in 1980, when he was just 38 years old. His work is studied, celebrated and emulated throughout the world, to this day, in large part due to his honest and non-dogmatic engagement with Marxism, Pan-Africanism and Black Nationalism. 2018/2019 mark the emergence of one entirely new and widely unexpected book by Rodney, The Russian Revolution: A View From The Third World, and two new editions with significant new content, The Groundings With My Brothers and How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, all published by Verso Books, as the result of a broad relationship established between the Walter Rodney Foundation and Verso.


Jesse Benjamin (Kennesaw State University)

Patricia Rodney (CEO of the Walter Rodney Foundation)

Asah Rodney Esq. (Board Member, Walter Rodney Foundation)

Sarah Tanner (Head, Archives Research Center, AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library)


In 1995 Patricia Rodney took up an academic appointment as Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Master of Public Health Program at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. During her 15 year tenure at Morehouse School of Medicine she was promoted to Professor, Assistant Dean for Public Health Education, and Director, Master in Public Health Program in the Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine. Dr. Rodney has published one book and several academic articles journals.  Dr. Rodney is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine.

In December 2010, Dr. Rodney retired from MSM and established Partners in Health, Education and Development (PHEAD), an international development consultancy organization.

Dr. Rodney is also the CEO, of The Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF) formed by the Rodney Family in 2006 and is headquartered in Atlanta. The WR Foundation is committed to sharing the life and works of Walter Rodney with students, scholars and community activists around the world.