Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America

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Book Talk: Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America

Oct. 17, 2023 | 12:30 p.m. PT | 223 Philosophy Hall

20th-century Black history cannot be understood without accounting for the influence of Pan-African thought. In his new book CrossBorder Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America, Dr. Wendell Adjetey explores how global Black liberation movements began within the U.S.-Canadian borderlands as cross-border, continental struggles. As revolutionaries from Oakland to Toronto dreamed of an “African world”, the prospect of coalitions among the Black Power, Red Power, and Quebecois Power movements inspired U.S. and Canadian intelligence services to infiltrate and sabotage Black organizations across North America. This work reveals the revolutionary legacies of the Underground Railroad and America’s Great Migration, and the hemispheric and transatlantic dimensions of this history.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER Dr. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is assistant professor of post-Reconstruction U.S. and African Diaspora history at McGill University, where he holds the William Dawson Chair. A first-generation high-school graduate, he earned a Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. from Yale University in History and African American Studies. He completed his B.A. in history and political science from the University of Toronto (University of St. Michael’s College), from which he also holds an M.A. in political science and ethnic, immigration, and pluralism studies. This event will be held in person and streamed live online. Please RSVP below if you plan to attend. Questions may be directed to

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco & Silicon Valley, and is co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies, the Center for Race and Gender, and the Department of African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies.