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C-SPAN Films a University Class on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted 11/17/2011
Posted by David Isgur

A four-man film crew representing C-SPAN was on campus on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, to film a class of Professor Warren Goldstein’s freshman seminar course on "Beyond the Dreamer: the Life and Work of Martin Luther King, Jr." The filming took place in the new K-F classroom room in Mortensen Library.

The class was recorded for airing on C-SPAN’s American History TV as part of its "Lectures in History" program. As part of this program, C-SPAN visits a number of different college or university classrooms and tapes a class session in its entirety. The goal of the program is to allow C-SPAN’s audience members (about 42 million homes) to experience a genuine day in a class from beginning to end without interruption. 

Goldstein, who is chair of the history department in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has long been interested in the history of the Civil Rights Movement, recently undertook a research project about King’s Letter from Birmingham City Jail, and the Birmingham desegregation campaign in the Spring of 1963.

The class, which has 13 first-year students and a senior preceptor, is very interactive and featured a lengthy discussion of the context surrounding Dr. King’s protest efforts in Birmingham, Ala. and the overall status of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963. It also included an analysis of the civil rights leader’s famous Letter and a series of photographs of Birmingham, juxtaposing images from 1963 with 2010 photographs of the same places, where there are now public memorials to the civil rights activists..

“The students were just terrific in the class and did a wonderful job of handling the pressures involved in being filmed,” said Goldstein reported.”They had really prepared, and so we were able to have a very lively dialogue.”

The program featuring Professor Goldstein’s class is scheduled to air on Saturday Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. and midnight, and again on Sunday Dec. 4, at 1 p.m.