Black Women, Slavery, and Resistance in America, a lecture by Beverly Bunch-Lyons, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, will air on C-SPAN3 American History TV on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. and midnight, and on Sunday, Dec.18, at 1 p.m.  

Presentations in the Lectures in History series stream live on the C-SPAN website and are archived for future viewing in the C-SPAN Video Library

Taped on the Blacksburg campus in October, Bunch-Lyons gave the lecture to undergraduate students enrolled in African American History Part 1 (covering the time period from 1600-1865), a course she teaches online from her office in Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region

This was the professor's first face to face meeting with these students, most of whom are juniors and seniors, since beginning the fall semester.

Black Women, Slavery, and Resistance in America examines how the experiences of enslaved women differed from those of enslaved men and how these women resisted slavery in four major categories: everyday resistance; running away and marooning; gynecological resistance; and anti-intuitive resistance.

“My goal is to always have my students actively involved in their learning experience so, rather than just a lecture, there is also student participation,” said Bunch-Lyons. “During the taping, students were seen and heard reading excerpts from assigned novels related to the topic and responding to questions. I believe this kind of interactivity assures that they are engaged throughout the class.”

According to American History TV senior producer Russell Logan, C-SPAN started the once-a-week, all year round Lectures in History series a little more than a year ago. All of the lectures for the series are taped at colleges and universities around the country.

“We cast a wide net for recommendations, including colleagues, authors, students, alums, and professors themselves as we search for the best professors and the strongest lectures on different and interesting topics,” Logan said. “We want our viewers to feel like they are really right there in the classroom. The ability to achieve this is what has made our lecture series so successful.”



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