An Evening With… Professor David Olusoga OBE

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Historian, broadcaster and film-maker Professor David Olusoga OBE delivers an insightful lecture titled ‘Black & British’


Join us for ‘Black & British With David Olusoga’, the first of our An Evening With lectures of the 2021-22 academic year.

Black British history is now widely recognised as an integral part of British history and Black History Month has become a huge national event. The University of Bedfordshire is proud to host Professor David Olusoga OBE as he reveals the absence of Black history and Black role models in Britain’s education and explores how Black Britons stamped their presence and their experiences onto the British national story over the past 50 years.

The University of Bedfordshire has great pride in its diverse student and staff body and is delighted to welcome Professor Olusoga as part of its Black History Month schedule. All those with an interest in Black British history, social and political history and the education system will no doubt find the talk of great interest.

This is an online event. Registered individuals will be sent instructions of how to attend nearer the event date.


Professor David Olusoga OBE is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker.

His most recent TV series include Empire (BBC 2), Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), 3 seasons of A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2).

He s also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015, The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism and Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress.

He was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and writes for The Guardian and is a columnist for The Observer and BBC History Magazine. He is also one of the three presenters on the BBC’s landmark Arts series Civilizations.

Last year he held an exclusive interview with former President of the United States, Barack Obama and his recent book Black and British: A Short, essential history won the Children’s Illustrated & Non-Fiction book of the year at the 2021 British Book Awards.


  • 17:00 – Welcome from the Vice Chancellor and introduction of Professor Olusoga
  • 17:05 – Professor Olusoga’s lecture
  • 17:35 – Q&A with Vice Chancellor or other senior staff member
  • 18:00 – Thank you and close