Robin Kelley is Distinguished Professor of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History at the University of California at Los Angeles Department of History. His research has explored the history of social movements in the United States, the African Diaspora, and Africa; as well as black intellectuals, music, visual culture, contemporary urban studies, historiography and historical theory, and more.
His essays have appeared in news and professional journals including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Black Music Research Journal, African Studies Review, New York Times (Arts and Leisure) and others. He has written, coauthored, and coedited a number of books incuding his most recent, Africa Speaks, America Answers!: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (Harvard University Press, 2012); and The Other Special Relationship: The Black Freedom Movement in the U.K. and the U.S., coedited with Stephen Tuck (Oxford University Press, 2014)
His talk "Fighting Apartheid Since 1948: Key Moments in Palestinian and Black Solidarity" will explore how these communities have common interests and challenges and their methods for addressing them.
Sponsors include Students for a Free Palestine, Abusua, and the department of Africana studies