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Harmsworth Lecture: War, Race and Anti-Imperialism in Merze Tate’s International Thought

Public event

This year's lecture will be given by Professor Barbara Savage, Harmsworth Professor of American History.

Barbara D. Savage is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought in the Department of Africana Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1995. She was a member of the University's History Department from 1995-2013. Her most recent book, Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (2008), is an historical examination of debates about the public responsibility of black churches and the role of religion in racial leadership. That book was the winner of the prestigious 2012 Grawemeyer Prize in Religion.

She is also the author of Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948 (1999), which won the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Award for the best book in American history in the period 1916-1966. She co-edited Women and Religion in the African Diaspora (2006).

Her current project is an intellectual biography of Professor Merze Tate, an African American diplomatic historian who took a B. Litt. in international relations at Oxford in 1935 before earning her Ph.D. in government at Harvard in 1941. Tate’s books focused on disarmament, imperialism in the Pacific, and southern and Eastern Africa.