Unlearning Racism: Lecture from Bettina Aptheker

Below is a link to a lecture by Bettina Aptheker, professor at University of California-Santa Cruz.  The lecture is long (over an hour) but it’s a holiday weekend and I figure people have some time on their hands.

The lecture’s worth listening to for a variety of reasons.  For the truly geeky sociologists among us (myself included), there are a couple of stories about Aptheker’s connections to W.E.B. DuBois and Angela Davis near the front that are gems. Readers interested in more of those gems may want to read Aptheker’s recent memoir, Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel (Seal Press, 2006).  Aptheker’s lecture is also a good primer for a lot of the concepts we discuss here.   And, finally, I like the fact that this lecture from within the ‘ivory tower’ can be liberated online – a little bit of hacking the academy, if you will.

The producers of the video podcast have disabled the embedding feature (which would allow me to post the video here), so I just have to post it at this link (it takes a minute to load, so be patient).  Updated: Lots of people have been reporting trouble with that link so here’s another link to try:


Happy long weekend!