Jeff Sparrow’s No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson explores the life of the scholar, footballer, singer, Hollywood actor and activist. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson stunned audiences with renditions of Ol’ Man River and his acting in Othello. He had everything – and lost it all defending his principles. His passion for social justice led him from Jazz Age Harlem to the mining towns of Wales and Stalin’s Russia. Jeff tells Robeson’s story, accompanied by recordings of Robeson’s songs.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, broadcaster and editor. He writes a regular column for Guardian Australia; he appears on 3RRR's Breakfasters program and is the immediate past editor of Overland magazine. His most recent book is Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right. His previous book No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson was shortlisted for the Best Writing Award at the Melbourne Prize.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.