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Artist and Robeson scholar comes to UCR


Artist and Robeson scholar comes to UCR

(February 27, 2002)

Chicago artist and scholar Mark Rogovin will speak on “Paul Robeson Rediscovered” at the University of California, Riverside at 5 p.m., Wednesday March 8, 2002 in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The talk is free and open to the public. It is the third lecture in the second year of the African Diaspora Series.

Rogovin headed a research team to gather newspaper articles and other documents about the world-renowned singer, actor, political activist, athlete and scholar, for Robeson’s 100th birthday celebration in 1998. The information is compiled at Chicago’s Columbia College.

Robeson was world famous for his baritone rendition of “Old Man River” and for his acting achievements on stage and film in roles such as Shakespeare’s Othello. The 1919 valedictorian at Rutgers University, he went on to become one of the first African-Americans to receive a law degree from New York’s Columbia University. His political activity included early opposition to Fascism in the 1930s and to the post WWII persecution by U.S. officials of leftists, progressives and suspected communists. Robeson also consistently denounced his country’s racist policies and attitudes.

“Rogovin’s research on Robeson might serve as a model for the most sophisticated requirements of research in probing the record of a great figure who left his imprint in many cities and towns across the world,” said Sterling Stuckey, a professor of history at UCR and coordinator of the Series.

Rogovin, manages the Paul Robeson 100th-Birthday website. He is the founder of that city’s Peace Museum and its traveling “Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Maker” exhibition.

His murals decorate the corridor and the waiting room of Chicago’s La Rabida Children’s Hospital where he coordinated its artwork display program, including the children’s collection and art gallery.

Rogovin is the co-author of “Mural Manual,” Beacon Press; and “Paul Robeson Rediscovered,” Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee.

Maps and directions to the event are available at UCR information kiosks at the University Avenue and Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site www.ucr.edu. Visitor parking costs $3 per vehicle.

Related link:
http://www.cspr.cs.uchicago.edu/robeson/links/chicago

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