Author, Prof. to Deliver St. Lawrence University’s C.L.R. James Lecture

CANTON, New York — St. Lawrence University will host Sean Jacobs, associate professor of international affairs at The New School in New York City, who will deliver the 2018 C.L.R. James lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in Eben Holden. The event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, “A new political vocabulary: What kinds of futures come after nationalism for Africa?” Jacobs acknowledges the current state of African politics; dominated by national liberation or legacy political parties riddled with various forms of corruption. With this in mind, he plans to tackle the question: what kinds of political alternatives are available?

In addition to being an associate professor, Jacobs is also a Ford Foundation fellow. He is also founder and editor of Africa is a Country, an online publication that seeks to “challenge the received media wisdoms about Africa from a left perspective, informed by his experience of resistance movements to Apartheid.” The website started in 2009 and has grown into a leading voice for the African left. His book Media in Postapartheid South Africa: Postcolonial Politics in the Age of Globalization will be published in 2019.

C.L.R. James (1901-1989) was an Afro-Trinidadian historian whose influence on postcolonial literature inspired this annual lecture series. The C.L.R. James Lecture is an opportunity for all members of the campus community to come together to discuss African issues. This lecture is sponsored by the African studies program with support from the Center for International and Intercultural Studies and the Engaging Africa Initiative. 

For more information contact the African studies program at 315-229-5140.


Sean Jacobs (photo provided)


Ryan Deuel, 315-229-5806,

News Release

Feb. 21, 2019


By Tyler Senecharles ’20

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