William Monroe Trotter Institute

The Study of Black Culture

In the Media

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  • A Scientific Sea Change? What the Humanities Offer Environmental Science in the Anthropocene ›

    MassHumanities, March 21, 2017

    Barbara Lewis, director of the Trotter Institute, interviews School for the Environment Dean Robyn Hannigan about the Anthropocene, the current "period in our planet’s history where human impacts on the Earth’s systems are driving many of the changes we see from climate to biodiversity loss."
  • New England Literary News ›

    The Boston Globe, February 17, 2017

    Barbara Lewis, director of UMass Boston's Trotter Institute, will participate in a pair of upcoming panels to explore the significance of African-American literature. The first discussion, “Blackness in the 21st Century,” will take place February 23 at the Boston Public Library.
  • Documentary Resurrects Civil Rights Crusader’s Battle to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’ in 1915 Boston ›

    WBUR, January 30, 2017

    Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, hopes that a new documentary on Trotter's battle against the racist film The Birth of a Nation will get his story "out into the mainstream."
  • Oscar Gets Serious about Documentaries ›

    The Boston Globe, January 27, 2017

    Barbara Lewis, director of UMass Boston's Trotter Institute, will moderate a panel discussion Monday after a screening of the documentary Birth of a Movement, which chronicles William Trotter's famed campaign against the racist film The Birth of a Nation.
  • ‘Birth of a Movement’ sheds light on historic Boston protest ›

    Bay State Banner, January 05, 2017

    Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, is moderating a panel at a screening of the documentary Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster. Trotter, a Boston civil rights activist in the early 20th century, protested the original screening of Birth of a Nation.
  • Time for a Tree and a Rope ›

    Mass Humanities, November 28, 2016

    Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, writes in this blog post that "reports of (Jim Crow's) death and burial are premature and much exaggerated."
  • Boston Guardian publisher criticized for using the name of a former African American weekly ›

    The Boston Globe, April 25, 2016

    Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, comments on the decision by the publisher of a new Back Bay community newspaper to name his publication The Boston Guardian, the same name of a historic African American weekly.
  • UMass Boston Professors to Take Part in Pre-Show Saturday Symposium for ‘The Convert’ ›

    The ARTery, February 10, 2016

    Article on The Convert playing at Central Square Theater. This Saturday, UMass Boston professors Barbara Lewis, Cheryl Nixon, Monica Pelayo, and Roberta Wollons will lead a pre-show discussion comparing a character in the play to Phillis Wheatley, Wheatley Hall's namesake.
  • Kimono controversy erupts anew at MFA panel ›

    The Boston Globe, February 08, 2016

    At the public forum “Kimono Wednesdays: A Conversation” at the Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, connected the MFA’s kimono dress-up program to the history of minstrelsy and blackface.
  • MFA Director On Kimono Controversy: ‘I Think That Was Misguided And Apologize’ ›

    The ARTery, February 08, 2016

    At the public forum “Kimono Wednesdays: A Conversation” at the Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, connected the MFA’s kimono dress-up program to the history of minstrelsy and blackface.
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