Professor of feminist studies and history Bettina Aptheker delivered the 17th annual Du Bois Lecture on February 28, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Sponsored by the University’s Library and Department of Afro-American Studies, her talk was titled “W.E.B. Du Bois: Personal Stories/Political Reflections."
Aptheker’s recent memoir--Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel--contains many stories of her early friendship with renowned civil rights activist and educator W.E.B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois.
After the event, Aptheker’s talk was additionally broadcast on the radio in Du Bois' birthplace--Great Barrington, Mass.
Aptheker has taught at UCSC for more than three decades.
Her acclaimed Introduction to Feminisms class is one of the most influential introductory courses in the field, and has been captured on DVD through a taping project led by her former students.