SAT. April 15, at 3PM | “America’s Civil Society and Political Responses to Apartheid” with Daniel W
Daniel Whitman is Assistant Professor of Foreign Policy at American University's School of International Service. He is the author, most recently, of Outsmarting Apartheid: An Oral History of South Africa's Cultural and Educational Exchange with the United States, 1960-1999 (2014). Whitman worked in the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State from 1985-2009, including several years in South Africa.
Eugene Puryear is a Washington, D.C.-based activist. In nearly a decade of social justice activism, he has been involved in the anti-imperialist movement, helping to organize most of the largest U.S. demonstrations against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Puryear has served as a key organizer around police brutality, prisoners’ rights, and abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system. He was the organizer of the first demonstration outside Jena for the Jena Six in 2007, bringing 1,500 to Cramton Auditorium at Howard University. He was the founder of the Jobs Not Jails coalition in Washington D.C. and led the first demonstration in the country responding to the Zimmerman guilty verdict in 2013. Puryear was the co-founder of the DCFerguson Movement a Black Lives Matter organization in Washington D.C..
Further he is the author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America that is in its second printing. He currently works as the Director of Field Operations for Justice First an organization working on issues of affordable housing and workers rights in Washington D.C. and New York City. He hosts "Community Watch & Comment" on Washington's WPFW-FM every week.
He was previously the endorsed candidate of the D.C. Statehood Green Party for at-large D.C. Council in 2014 gaining over 12,000 votes. He was the 2008 Vice Presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and is currently the 2016 VP candidate for the same party. Puryear serves on the editorial board of Liberation newspaper. His writings can be found at www.LiberationNews.org.