John Dewey and the Ideal of Democracy. Interviewed by John Perry and Ken Taylor, Philosophy Talk, September 25, 2016

Rare Recordings of James Baldwin. Interviewed by Brian DeShazor, From the Vault, July 14, 2016:

Podcast Interview on Ferguson and the Tragic Presence of the Past – John Hopkins University Press


“On Diamond Reynolds after Dallas,” Public Seminar, July 8, 2016: ONLINE: (590 words) 

“What Good is History for African Americans?,” Boston Review, May 17, 2016: ONLINE: (1534 words)

“Race and Dignity: Freedom Can’t Be Left to Chance,” Boston Review, December 7, 2015: ONLINE: (1500 words) 

Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (published in long and short form):

a. Critical Exchange: “Cealists, Not a Pessimist: Lester Spence Responds to Melvin L. Rogers”; “Coates Isn’t Hopeful: Melvin Rogers Responds to Lester Spence,” Dissent Magazine, August 13, 2015: ONLINE:

b. “Between Pain and Despair: What Ta-Nehisi Is Missing,” Dissent Magazine, July 31, 2015: ONLINE: (2300 words)

c. The Atlantic, ed. Chris Bodenner, “Between the World and Me Book Club: Your Critical Thoughts,” July 26, 2015: ONLINE: (1000 words)