WAMC/Northeast Public Radio in Albany will feature a reading by Associate Professor of History Chad Williams on Tuesday, Dec. 28, as part of the public radio station’s Academic Minute. The program airs each weekday at 7:37 a.m. and 3:56 p.m. at 90.3 FM in the Clinton.
According to WAMC’s website, the Academic Minute program “features professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy with topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of how the board game Monopoly can help explain the economic recession.” WAMC is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
For his Academic Minute segment, Williams read from his newly published book "Torchbearers of Democracy – African American Soldiers in the World War I Era. The book offers an exploration of the central role of African American soldiers in World War I and how the experiences of African American draftees in World War I changed their expectations about democracy in America.
Among the other colleges and universities that have participated in this program are Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Mt. Holyoke, Columbia, Brown, Skidmore, Duke, Rensselaer and Vassar.