Difficult Dialogues*

In this episode of Difficult Dialogues, Shabazz speaks with Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch, the Program Manager for Cross-Cultural Programs with the Middle East Children’s Alliance. Shamrouch discusses his life as a Palestinian refugee and outlines MECA’s Maia Project which aims to bring clean water to the children of Palestine (4-30-18). 
Tommie Shelby is the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African & African American Studies and of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University (2-3-17).
Professor Charles W. Mills is a philosopher teaching at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is one of the world’s foremost scholars in the philosophy of race and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory (11-3-16)
Shabazz speaks with Agustin Lao-Montes, UMass professor of Afro-American Studies and Sociology, on the 2000 Santiago de Chile Regional Conference of the Americas, the 2001 Durban, South Africa, 3rd World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and The United Nations Decennial on Afrodescendants (6-15-16). 

Lynn Pasquerella, in her last show as host of Difficult Dialogues, joins Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz and Amilcar Shabazz to tackle a number of controversial issues including campus gun-carry laws, efforts to make schools safe and inclusive, and the increasing influence of corporate interests in higher education. Because liberal education promotes critical analysis of deeply held beliefs, college campuses are ideal places to hold these discussions, Pasquerella observed, “I can’t imagine a more critical time to be advancing the ideals of liberal learning” (4-5-16).


#BLM: It’s a Movement not a Moment (5/6/2015)

Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella talks with Christopher Tinson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Hampshire College, and Amilcar Shabazz, Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence at UMass Amherst, about the Black Lives Matter movement and issues surrounding law enforcement, communities of color, and social and economic justice.

Inaugural Episode of Difficult Dialogues, Part 2 (8-29-13)

Lynn Pasquerella discusses the Trayvon Martin case and race issues in the United States with Amilcar Shabazz & Chris Tinson in the second episode of the series.

Inaugural Episode of Difficult Dialogues, Part 1 (8-12-13)

Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College, talks with Dr. Cerri Banks, Vice President for Student Affairs at Mount Holyoke College, and Rosa Clemente, the 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate for the Green Party, about the Trayvon Martin case and race issues in America.

* – In 2013,  Lynn Pasquerella, then the president Mount Holyoke College, launched Difficult DialoguesShe hosted her final episode of Difficult Dialogues with Demetria Shabazz and Amilcar Shabazz, both at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The two professors  will take over hosting the show after Pasquerella departs the Pioneer Valley and assumes her new role as the president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. These videos are part of the collection: Amherst Media.  See the Amherst Media archives, here.

PAHMUSA celebrates Black History in Springfield, MA

Channel 22WWLP (Mass Appeal) – Learn Springfield’s rich history when it comes to African American History! Dr. Shabazz from UMass and Wayne Phaneuf from the Springfield Republican came onto Mass Appeal to tell us about the lives of William Green and James Lindsay Smith while Garrison Pollard and … and more!


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My grandmother is a warrior  By Mason Jones and Christopher Palmer | Jan. 26, 2009

University of Texas at Austin undergraduate Christopher Jackson uncovers the true history behind his grandmother’s epic civil rights battle to enroll at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in the 1950s. Christopher’s essay about grandma Versie’s struggle for equality won first place in the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition.


Sharing knowledge in the Encyclopedia of Alabama on the education of African Americans in the South


African American Studies professor Amilcar Shabazz defines Booker T. Washington’s approach to educational development in the Jim Crow South. While Julius Rosenwald’s philanthropy spawned the Rosenwald Schools program, the blacks whose children would attend the schools provided the majority of the construction money.


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