OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Cheryl Greenberg

Portrait of Cheryl Greenberg

Cheryl Greenberg is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity College where she teaches African American history, race and ethnicity, and twentieth-century U.S. history. She has written extensively on these topics including several books: "Or Does It Explode?": Black Harlem in the Great Depression (1991); Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century (2006); and To Ask for an Equal Chance (2009), a text with documents on African Americans during the Great Depression. She also edited A Circle of Trust: Remembering SNCC (1998). She is currently working on a project about African American attitudes about gay marriage; editing the memoir and oral history of a civil rights organizer in Marks, Mississippi; and writing a book on the history of civil rights organizations' attitudes toward hate speech.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

#BlackLivesMatter and related campus protests about campus racism have coincided with calls for trigger warnings and greater protection for vulnerable groups on campus. Both have generated a great deal of discussion, support and hand-wringing among faculty and media pundits. This talk examines the claims, roots and challenges of such protests, and ties them to their historic and contemporary social, cultural and political contexts.