WBUR Broadcasts

Several African American Studies Program lectures have been broadcast as a part of “Boston University World of Ideas” on WBUR.  A complete list is available here:

African Migrants in Post-Soviet Moscow: Adaptation in the Time of Radical Socio-Political Transformations

Originally broadcast Sunday, October 27, 2013

Our speaker is Dr. Dmitri Bondarenko, Deputy Director of the Africa Institute in Moscow. Dr. Bondarenko’s lecture is titled African Migrants in Post-Soviet Moscow: Adaptation in the Time of Radical Socio-Political Transformations”.

The Remarkable, Unfinished Exodus of the Ethiopian Jews: Visiting Israel and Ethiopia

Originally broadcast Sunday, November 11, 2012

Our speaker is author, Len Lyons.  Dr. Lyons’ lecture is titled “The Remarkable, Unfinished Exodus of the Ethiopian Jews: Visiting Israel and Ethiopia.”

Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice

Originally broadcast Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our speaker is Dr. Catherine Bliss from the Department of Africana Studies and Science and Technology Studies, at Brown University.

Giving the Country Something New and Unknown – Reading Modernism’s Literary History in James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Originally broadcast Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our speaker is Yale University professor, Jacqueline Goldsby.

Black Feminist Ethics in Brazilian Social Movements

Originally broadcast Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Our speaker is Dr. Keisha-Khan Perry, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.

The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family

Originally broadcast Thursday, November 10, 2011

Speaking is Dr. Mark Auslander, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, and Director of the Museum of Culture and Environment at Central Washington University.

Freckles Think Peace Pieces: Police Community Relations – A Search for Common Ground

Originally broadcast Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Speaking is former Justice Department official, Edward D. McClure.

A Man of His Times: Bill Russell and the 1960s

Originally broadcast Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our speaker is Dr. Thomas Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Science at Boston University.

‘Blackness’ and Postcoloniality in Korean Literature and Culture

Originally broadcast Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dr. An Jee Hyun from department of English Literature at Seoul National University lectures.

Forerunner: Edward Brooke, Black Power, and White Votes

Originally broadcast Sunday, April 17, 2011

Speaking is historian and Harvard College Fellow, Dr. Jason Sokol.

A Black Panther in Tanzania

Originally broadcast Sunday, April 10, 2011

Speaking is Mama Charlotte O’Neal, co-founder and co-director of the United African Alliance Community Center in Tanzania.

Reformist Muslim Women Leaders in Kenya

Originally broadcast Sunday, April 3, 2011

Speaking is Dr. Ousseina Alidou, Director of the Rutgers University Center for African Studies.

Everybody’s Protest Novel and Edmund Wilson: The Early Criticism of James Baldwin

Originally broadcast Sunday, March 13, 2011

Speaking is Dr. Lawrence Jackson, Emory University Professor of English and African American Studies.

Contemporary Issues of Black Masculinity in the Media

Originally broadcast Sunday, February 20, 2011

Speaking, in order of appearance, are: University of North Carolina-Greensboro associate professor C. P. Gause; author Natalie Hopkinson; Boston University assistant professor Deborah Jaramillo; Brown University visiting lecturer Patrick Sylvain; and Boston University students Dane Peters and Dexter McCoy.

Remapping Resistance: Anticolonialism in the United States, 1945-1960

Originally broadcast Sunday, December 5, 2010

Speaking is Dr. John Munro, 2010 – 2011 Fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.

Living through the Hoop: High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream

Originally broadcast Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dr. Reuben A. Buford May is a 2010-2011 MLK Visiting Professor at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Texas A & M University. He lectures on the relationship among professional sports, race, and youth beliefs in the American Dream.

The Great Migration: The Untold Story of the Twentieth Century

Originally broadcast Sunday, October 10, 2010

Speaking is Pulitzer Prize winner, and Boston University Professor of Journalism, Isabel Wilkerson.

Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama

Originally broadcast Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University, speaks about the forgotten contributions of Black Power leaders Stokely Carmichael and Malcolm X and their enduring legacy in the presidency of Barack Obama.

Charles Darwin and the Races of Man

Originally broadcast Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dr. Joseph Graves, Dean of Biological Sciences at North Carolina A&T University, lectures on the history of racial identification and Charles Darwin’s contributions to evolutionary biology. Co-sponsored by the Boston University Department of History, the Humanities Foundation, and the Greater Boston Darwin Bicentennial.

Douglass & Lincoln in the Age of Obama and Their Critics

Originally broadcast Sunday, September 27, 2009

A lecture from John Stauffer, Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, adapted from his new book Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Caste in Mexico

Originally broadcast Sunday, April 12, 2009

Dr. Ben Vinson, Director of the Africana Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, speaks about the history of the caste system in Mexico and its effect on race relations in that country. Incorporating a variety of popular culture sources, Dr. Vinson traces the history and significance of the Black figure in Mexican culture.

We Come Back to Life: Regeneration and Traumatic Memory in a Multiracial Lynching Reenactment

Originally broadcast Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mark Auslander presents his research on an annual multiracial lynching reenactment in Monroe, Georgia and its effect on the larger community. Dr. Auslander is the Director of the Masters Program in Cultural Production and Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University.

Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen

Originally broadcast Sunday, March 8, 2009

Civil Rights historian Philip Dray lectures from his new book Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen. Dray’s work reclaims the lives of men who fought for social justice in the fraught period between the Emancipation Proclamation and the beginning of Jim Crow.

Boston University 2009 Black History Month Lecture: Change Realized

Originally broadcast Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, American Civil Rights leader and former president of the NAACP, speaks about his current work on hip hop as the CEO and Co-Chairman of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network. Dr. Chavis’ lecture featured a performance by Boston University student group XCeption.

Slavery and Abolition in Peru

Originally broadcast Sunday, December 14, 2008

Boston University African American Studies Program Visiting Scholar Harcourt Fuller discusses his research and findings on slavery in Peru.

Berkshire Revolutionary Patriot Agrippa Hull

Originally broadcast Sunday, May 11, 2008

UCLA Professor Gary Nash presents a lecture as part of the 200th anniversary of the ending of the US-Atlantic slave trade.

Slave Trade and Slavery

Originally broadcast Sunday, April 27, 2008

University of Maryland Professor Ira Berlin lectures one “The Closing of the Slave Trade and the Transformation of Slavery in the US” as a part of the African American Studies Program’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the ending of the US-Atlantic slave trade.

Gnawa Spiritual Music in Morocco

Originally broadcast Sunday, December 3, 2006

The title of the lecture was “The Internal African Diaspora, Tracing the Origins of Gnawa Spiritual Music in Morocco.” The lecture speaker was Dr. Chouki El Hamel, Professor of History at Arizona State University, who was introduced by James Pritchett, Director of the African Studies Center.

Persistence and Permutations in the African Diaspora

Originally broadcast Sunday, May 21, 2006

The speaker was Dr. J. Lorand Matory, Professor of Anthropology and Afro-American Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.

George Washington and Slavery

Originally broadcast Sunday, February 1, 2004

George Washington once said that slavery was his “only unavoidable subject of regret.” Though he bought and sold slaves during his life and even helped to protect the practice through the U.S. Constitution, many have said that his attitudes changed while commanding both black and white soldiers during the American Revolution, and that in the end, he was a man ahead of his time when it came to slavery.

Henry Wiencek, author of An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, speaks about President Washington’s transformation from a slave owner to a man who freed his slaves upon his death.

The History We Don’t Know

Originally broadcast Sunday, June 22, 2003

Former U.S. President Harry Truman once said: “The only thing new under the sun is the history we don’t know.”

Slavery was legal in many southern states right through the American Civil War. However, the importing of slaves became illegal in 1808, and made a crime punishable by death in 1820. But according to Northeastern University Professor of African American Studies, Robert Hall, that still did not deter slavers from transporting thousands of blacks into the U.S. from Africa and Cuba.

Professor Hall speaks on “Illegal Aliens from Africa: The Clandestine Slave Trade to the United States from 1808 to 1859.” During this lecture, Professor Hall explores different estimates on the demographics of the imported American slave population between 1808 and 1859.

Hollywood and Racism

Originally broadcast Sunday, March 16, 2003

This week’s show featured a lecture by Professor Cedric Robinson titled “Jim Crow, Capitalism, and the Representation of Blacks in Early American Cinema.” His lecture was another in a series presented by the African-American Studies Program at Boston University under the theme of “Blacks and Asians in the Making of the Modern World.”

Professor Robertson discussed how Hollywood helped shape the American society’s attitudes toward African-Americans in the first decades of the last century. Robinson teaches in the Black Studies and Political Science departments of the University of California at Santa Barbara. His fields of teaching and research are modern political thought, radical social theory in the African Diaspora, comparative politics, and media and politics.

The Making and Unmaking of History

Originally broadcast Sunday September 12, 2002

Former U.S. President Harry Truman once said: “The only thing new under the sun is the history we don’t know.”

On the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, remembrance ceremonies and commemoration memorials were held all across the nation. But how will 9/11 be remembered in five, 50 or 100 years? What happens to events as time passes? As times change, does history get revised, and if so, by whom? How can we know that the history books we read are accurate?

WBUR some of these questions with Boston University professors Anna Geifman, whose field is Russian and Soviet history, and Bruce Shulman, whose field is 20th century U.S. history.

Afterwards, we heard excerpts from an African American Studies Program lecture on “The African-American Search For Freedom in the American West” that was delivered by Quintard Taylor, Jr., professor of History at the University of Washington.

Racial Identity; Tribute to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Originally broadcast Sunday, April 7, 2002

Boston University African American Studies Program Professor of History Ronald Richardson and Allison Blakely discuss Douglas Fairbanks, a movie star and decorated Naval officer, public servant, and writer. This lecture also features presentations made at the opening of an exhibit of letters, photographs, manuscripts, articles, and other memorabilia of Fairbanks at Boston University’s Mugar Memorial Library.


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