In the Media

‘Please Pull the Show’: Dana Schutz Faces Renewed Protest Over Emmett Till Painting at ICA Boston ›

artnet | July 26, 2017
Local activists, artists, and community members, including UMass Boston's Barbara Lewis, are calling for the cancelation of a solo exhibition of work by Dana Schutz at the ICA Boston. Schutz’s painting Open Casket is based on photographs of 14-year-old Emmett Till after he was lynched.

Trotter’s Barbara Lewis to Lead Post-Play Discussion of ‘American Moor’ ›

Broadway World | July 10, 2017
Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, will be leading a post-show discussion of the play American Moor at the Boston Center for the Arts on August 10. Professor of Theatre Arts Robert Lublin will also take part in a discussion.

Barbara Lewis Discusses African-American Poet Phillis Wheatley ›

C-SPAN | June 17, 2017
Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture, will appear on C-SPAN3 at 9:10 p.m. Saturday to discuss Phillis Wheatley, the accomplished African-American poet whose legacy is honored in the name of UMass Boston's Wheatley Hall.

A dream imagined: Race, ethnicity and the struggle for Boston’s future on May 20 ›

Sampan | May 17, 2017
A coalition of UMass Boston institutes studying race and ethnicity will host an all-day conference called “A Dream Imagined: Race, Ethnicity and the Struggle for Boston’s Future” on May 20 in the Campus Center.

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."

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