Northwestern Faculty Member Featured on European Radio Network

August 30, 2018

Roger Hardaway

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, was recently interviewed for a news article that was broadcast on a state-run radio network in Europe. The story was produced in Switzerland in conjunction with the release of a CD of folk songs about black cowboys. 

Hardaway, who has been a Northwestern faculty member since 1990, has published three books and several articles about the experiences of African-Americans who have lived in the American West. In addition, he has presented papers on the subject at several academic conferences in both Europe and North America. 

One of his journal articles about African-American cowboys was recently reprinted in a book published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Another has been prominently displayed for several years on the web-site of the Public Broadcasting System in conjunction with its series called “Texas Ranch House.”

“A programming director from the Swiss National Radio network emailed me,” Hardaway said, “wanting to know if I would be willing to talk to her on the phone. I was, of course, delighted to do it!”

The intercontinental phone conversation lasted about 20 minutes, Hardaway said. “She had done her homework and knew some important questions to ask. She taped the conversation and used it in a story for French speakers in Switzerland and other parts of Europe.”

“After the story aired for several days,” Hardaway continued, “she sent me an audio link so that I could listen to it. The interesting part for me was that a French speaker translated what I was saying as I was speaking. That was neat! I’ve never had my voiced dubbed before.”

This is not the first time that Hardaway has been asked to discuss his research in a major media outlet. Last year he was quoted as an expert on black cowboys in the Smithsonian and Pacific Standard magazines. He has also been cited as an authority on African-Americans in the American West in numerous other publications including the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Los Angeles Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.


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