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Paul Robeson Research Station presents a series of screenings, discussions and live mapping, culminating in a choral performance. Paul Robeson (1898 – 1976) was an American actor, singer, scholar, athlete, writer, lawyer, trade unionist and social justice advocate. The son of an escaped slave, he was at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Despite being a beloved international figure during his lifetime, he was persecuted and virtually erased from ‘mainstream’ US culture. Through discursive platforms, tomato growing and using the idea of the ‘anthem’ as a transnational symbol, the project aims to explore the legacy of Robeson as a symbol of workers solidarity, social justice and internationalism.

Sonya Dyer’s work uses a variety of means and contexts to investigate artists and political agency, rethinking historical and contemporary ideas of Europe and European culture.

Film screenings

Two films starring Paul Robeson, each followed by a discussion with an invited speaker.

The Proud Valley (1940)  – Wednesday 2 February, 6pm, With speaker Prof. Lynda Morris

Song of Freedom (1936) – Wednesday 9 February, 6pm, With speaker Beverley Humphries (Paul Robeson Wales Trust)

Artist’s talk & discussion

Friday 18 February, 5pm – Chaired by Becky Shaw.

Followed by choral event featuring the Sheffield Socialist Choir and refreshments.

Places to all events are free but space is limited so please book your place in advance by contacting or reception on 0114 281 2077.

Paul Robeson links:

Singing the soviet anthem here

Singing the Chinese anthem here

Singing ‘Old Man River here

Discusses Othello here

At St Paul’s Cathedral here

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