Recent Appearances

Post-Election Reflections with Jelani Cobb and Ta-Nehisi Coates (click to view)
Post-Election Reflections with Jelani Cobb and Ta-Nehisi Coates (click to view)
A Conversation with Malcolm Jamal Warner (click to view)
A Conversation with Malcolm Jamal Warner (click to view)

Radio Interviews and Invited Talks


Diane Rehm Book Club — "Horse" by Geraldine Brooks (August 31, 2022)

"A Look Back At The Life of bell hooks" 1A - NPR Podcast (December 16, 2021)

Grambling State University’s 120th Founders Convocation Speaker (November 2, 2021)

"GOP Efforts to Ban Toni Morrison's Beloved" Now at the Center of the Virginia Governor's Race" Democracy Now! (October 29, 2021) 

"Toni Morrison's Beloved Used As Political Pawn In Virginia Gubernatorial Race." The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell (October 26, 2021)

"Toni Morrison: The Legacy of a Literary Legend" BBC, The Forum (September 23, 2021)

"An Evening with Lonnie Bunch" DC Public Library (October 22, 2020)

“Books of the Century: Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon Literate Podcast (September 9, 2020)  

The Bluest Eye” Diane Rehm Book Club (July 29, 2020)  

"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" GBH's Lunch Hour Live  (July 28, 2020)

“Afterwords: Toni Morrison” BBC Radio Sunday Feature (July 5, 2020)

"Phillis Wheatley: For the Love of Freedom" Fierce: Stories of Women Who Changed the World  Podcast (May 13, 2020)  

“Reparations: Is the Time Right Now?” WHUR’s The Daily Drum (January 17, 2020)  

“Visionary: Toni Morrison.” NPR’s 1A (August 8, 2019)  

“Remembering Toni Morrison, ‘A Friend of Our Minds’” NPR’s On Point with David Folkenflik (August 8, 2019)  

Barracoon Tells the Story of the Last Slave in First Person” NPR’s 1A with Joshua Johnson (May 9, 2018)  

Summer Reading 2017, Nonfiction.” WNYC's The Takeaway (July 6, 2017)

A Bleak Read: Why Dystopian Fiction is Popular Now.” 1A Show, WAMU 88.5 (February 8, 2017)

Hidden Figures and the Modern Black Woman Scientist.” WHUR's The Daily Drum (February 2, 2017)

Can Reading Together Help Eliminate Cultural Blind Spots?” Kojo Nnamdi Show (December 14, 2016)

Readers’ Review: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.” NPR’s Diane Rehm Show  (June 1, 2016)

Self-Critical Women” WHUR’s The Daily Drum (with Harold Fisher) (February 3, 2016)

Race Relations Town Hall” WUSA-9TV with Bruce Johnson (August 7, 2015)

The Mysteries of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman” NPR’s On Point (with Tom Ashbrook) (July 15, 2015)

Readers’ Review of Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming” NPR’s Diane Rehm Show (April 29, 2015)

A New Novel by Harper Lee Stirs Controversy” NPR’s Diane Rehm Show (February 11, 2015)

Readers’ Review of Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche’s Americanah” NPR’s Diane Rehm Show (July 30, 2014)

Tribute to Maya Angelou” Roland Martin’s NewsOne Now (May 30, 2014)

Readers’ Review of Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones” NPR’s Diane Rehm Show (February 26, 2014)

“College Students Read Like Fifth Graders” WHUR’s Daily Drum (January 16, 2014)

“The Importance of Historically Black Colleges” WHUR’s Daily Drum (December 11, 2013)

Readers’ Review of E.L. Doctorow’s The March” NPR’s Diane Rehm Show (February 27, 2013)

DC By the Book” WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show (March 21, 2013)

 What It’s Like to Write a Woman’s Life” NPR’s Tell Me More (March 1, 2012)


“Decolonizing the University: The 2016 President’s Address.” CLA Conference (April 6-9, 2016) Houston, TX

“Houston: We Have a Problem: A Black Son(g) Responds.” MLA Conference (January 7-19, 2016) Austin, TX

“‘Dusk of Dawn’: An Essay toward an Old Concept of Race; or ‘On the Death of Michael Brown.’” CLA Conference

(April 8-11, 2015) Dallas, TX 

“The Ends of Undergraduate Study: How Undergraduate Programs Prepare Students for What Comes Next.”

ADE Summer Seminar (June 5-7, 2014) Galveston, TX

“Teaching African American Literary and Cultural Studies in the 21st Century: A Roundtable.” (participant) CLA

Conference (March 27-30, 2014) New Orleans, LA

“Mari Evans: A Voice of a Generation.” CCCC Convention (March 19-21, 2014) Indianapolis, IN

“Trans-Disciplinary Orientations: Theory, Methodology, and Literature of the African Diaspora.” SAMLA 85th

Annual Conference (November 8-11, 2013) Atlanta, GA

“‘The Field and Function of African American Literary Scholarship: A Memorial and a Challenge.” MLA Convention

(January 8-12, 2013) Chicago, IL

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