Barbara Ransby Book Presentation with Commentary by Cathy Cohen

We are pleased to welcome Barbara Ransby, Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago to present her most recent book, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson. This presentation is the third event of our “Hard Times: Black Appeals Local and Global” Lecture Series.

Please join us for the discussion on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture from 4:30 to 6:00pm.

The Hard Times Lecture Series consists of a year-long series of public lectures with by-invitation dinners afterwards to generate discussion about the history and future of human rights activism in the black diaspora and beyond. This project is part of the Human Rights Program’s Human Rights at Home initiative. It takes off from our interest in An Appeal to the World, the 1947 petition to the United Nations by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The petition’s authors included Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Earl B. Dickerson, Milton Konvitz, William R. Ming, Jr., Leslie S. Perry, and Rayford Logan. We are particularly interested in the participation of Dickerson and Ming, for both are graduates of the University of Chicago Law School and important figures in the history of the South Side. The series is sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.

In this presentation, Professor Ransby will discuss her most recent book, which presents a historical overview of internationalism in the African American community in the mid-twentieth century through the eyes of a black woman writer, radical thinker, and world traveler. For more information about Barbara Ransby, please visit her website.