Anthony Bogues, Ph.D.

MLK Legacy Lecture Guest Speaker & Scholar-in-Residence


Union Institute & University is honored to present Dr. Anthony Bogues for two special lectures as part of the university’s Ph.D. residency in July. Both lectures are free and open to the public. Dr. Bogues is an author, researcher and professor and the director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Learn more about Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. program and Martin Luther King Studies specialization.

Wednesday July 10 12:00pm
MLK Legacy Lecture
Freedom and the Beloved Community: Martin Luther King and the Challenges of Our Times

Thursday, July 11 | 7:00pm
Singing Songs of Freedom: Freedom and the African Diaspora, Politics, History and Memory


Kingsgate Marriott
1 Goodman Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45219

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Anthony Bogues, Ph.D.Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

At Brown University, Dr. Anthony Bogues is the inaugural Harmon Family Professor of Africana Studies, a Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences & Critical Theory, an affiliated professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. From 2004 to 2007, he served as one of the first Royce Family Professors of Teaching Excellence. In addition to his work at Brown, he has been a visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, a visiting professor of the humanities at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and an honorary professor at the Center for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Bogues major research and writing interests are intellectual and cultural history, radical political thought, critical theory, Caribbean and African politics and literature. He teaches courses on subjects including the Haitian Revolution, the complexities of African American political thought, the nature of freedom in the modern world, the relationship between critical political theory and the imagination, and the relationship between history and literature in Caribbean novels. He also conducts independent reading courses on the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt and teaches graduate seminars for the Cogut Center for Humanities.

Dr. Bogues' has authored numerous works including Caliban's Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James (1997); Black Heretics and Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (2003); and Empire of Liberty: Power, Freedom, and Desire (2010). He served as editor of two volumes of Caribbean intellectual history, After Man Towards the Human: Critical Essays on the Thought of Sylvia Wynter (2006) and The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonization (2011). He has published over sixty essays in the fields of intellectual history, political theory, and cultural and literary history. He is associate editor of the journal Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism and a member of the editorial collective of the journal boundary 2.

He recently co-curated a national exhibition of Haitian art, Reframing Haiti: Art, History, and Performativity. The multi-venue exhibition featured more than 100 works of Haitian art. He is currently working on three major projects: a political/philosophical project on questions of the human, freedom, human emancipation and the black intellectual tradition; co-curating a major exhibition on Haitian art for 2014 in Paris, France and Cape Town, South Africa; and an intellectual/political biography of Michael Manley and Jamaican postcolonial politics.

Dr. Bogues holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Political Science from Union Institute & University. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Theory from the University of the West Indies, Mona in 1994.