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 is a writer, editor, and broadcaster, and an honorary fellow at Victoria University. He writes a fortnightly column for The Guardian Australia and contributes regularly to many other publications, and is a member of the 3RRR Breakfasters radio team. Jeff is the immediate past editor of the literary and cultural journal Overland, and the author of several books, including Communism: A Love Story and Killing: Misadventures In Violence. His latest book is No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson.

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.