Photo: Eslanda Goode Robeson with her husband Paul Robeson and son Paul Robeson Jr. in Enfield, Connecticut, USA in 1941. Credit: Frank Bauman/Look Magazine, via Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

Public Program 2
Paul Robeson #2: Dr. Barbara Ransby
29.09.2022, 15:30 H. (CEST)
Free online event:

We are pleased to announce the public program accompanying our exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Paul Robeson (1898-1976). We warmly invite you to join online for a special conversation with Dr. Barbara Ransby, biographer of Eslanda Goode Robeson.

The second event in the public program for our year-long exhibition project dedicated to the life and work of Paul Robeson will be an online interview with historian and biographer of Eslanda Goode Robeson, Barbara Ransby. In her book ‘Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson’ Ransby has produced a vibrant and empathetic portrait of a brilliant and daring intellectual, a trailblazing journalist who came to know and befriend some of the most important anti-colonial and Black liberation figures of her day, from Jomo Kenyatta to Martin Luther King Jr., From Nehru to Claudia Jones.

Join us for this specially occasion to learn from Barbara Ransby and get her special insight into the woman responsible for Paul Robeson’s turn to acting and music, his lifelong comrade, partner and mother to Paul Jr., a co-militant for Black liberation and for African sovereignty, a trailblazing intellectual in her own right.

Dr. Barbara Ransby is the John D. MacArthur Chair, and Distinguished Professor, in the Departments of Black Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is also editor in chief of Souls: a critical journal of Black politics, culture and society, and is a member of the editorial working group of the London-based journal, Race and Class, and the Editorial Advisory Board of the ‘Justice, Politics and Power’ book series at University of North Carolina Press.

Dr. Ransby is author of Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (Yale University Press, 2013). which the recipient of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial prize for the best book in African American women’s history from the Association of Black Women Historians.

The event is hosted by the curator of the exhibition Baruch Gottlieb.