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'Poetry, Anthology, and Criticism: Michael Roberts and the BBC'


Fri, February 24, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

During much of World War II, the poet, anthologist, critic, and teacher Michael Roberts worked for the European Service of the BBC.  From September 1941 he was in the Intelligence Department, examining the reception of BBC broadcasts to German-occupied and neutral Europe.  In the latter part of the war he had a newly-created job, supplying material to editors of the clandestine press in Europe.  This seminar talk will pull together the threads of his life in relation to the wartime broadcasting of the BBC.

  Andrew Roberts, son of Michael Roberts, is Professor of the History of Africa, University of London.  He has worked in Uganda, Zambia, and Tanzania while spending his scholarly career at the School of Oriental and African Studies.  He is a past editor of the Journal of African History.  His publications include A History of Zambia (1976) and The Colonial Moment in Africa (1990).  He is the editor of the Cambridge History of Africa, 1905-40 (1986).

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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