History Forum Speaker Series


The East is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination

Robeson Taj Frazier

Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism

University of Southern California

Friday, December 1, 3 p.m.

Dezember Reading Room, Walter W. Stiern Library

During the Cold War, several prominent African American radical activist-intellectuals—including W.E.B. and Shirley Graham Du Bois, journalist William Worthy, Marxist feminist Vicki Garvin, and freedom fighters Mabel and Robert Williams—traveled and lived in China. There, they used a variety of media to express their solidarity with Chinese communism and to redefine the relationship between Asian struggles against imperialism and black American movements against social, racial, and economic injustice. Taj Frazier examines the ways in which these figures and the Chinese government embraced the idea of shared struggle against U.S. policies at home and abroad. He analyzes their diverse cultural output (newsletters, print journalism, radio broadcasts, political cartoons, lectures, and documentaries) to document how they imagined communist China’s role within a broader vision of a worldwide anticapitalist coalition against racism and imperialism.

This event is co-sponsored by CSUB’s Department of History, the Walter W. Stiern Library, and the ASI Instructionally Related Acitvities program.

What is History?

As one of the oldest of the liberal arts, the study of history emphasizes the importance of reading widely and deeply in the sources of human civilization and develops in its students the skills of thoughtful analysis of evidence and effective communication.

History is also fun!  Truly understanding the past involves careful investigation and detective work. Reconstructing the past with limited (and often conflicting) evidence is an exciting challenge that often leads to the thrill of discovery.

The Department of History at California State University, Bakersfield offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in History.

The department also offers a program of study leading to a California Teaching Credential in Social Science and a Minor in History.

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History Forum Speaker Series, 2017-2018

Fall 2017:

October 6:  Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez (UCLA), "City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965." Friday, October 6, 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library

December 1 Dr. Robeson Taj Frazier (University of Southern California): "The East is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination." Friday, December 1, 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library

Spring 2018:

February 9:  Dr. Harold Drake (UC Santa Barbara): "A Century of Miracles: How Life Changed for Christians, Pagans and Jews Between 312 and 410."  Friday, February 9, 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library

April 13: Dr. Sandra C. Mendiola García, (University of North Texas): "Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico." Friday, April 13, 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library