Support the news

MacArthur 'Genius Grant' Winner Robin Fleming Of Boston College06:18
Download

Play

Robin Fleming tries to give a voice to the voiceless — the poor, the uneducated, the unknown.

That's quite a chore when people are alive.

And it's even more tricky when they're dead.

But Fleming's goal is even more staggering: giving a voice to the lepers, the executed, the normal and the nameless people who lived in medieval Britain during the fifth century, after the fall of Rome.

This week, Fleming was in her office at Boston College, where she chairs the history department, when she received a phone call from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

They had some big news, which Fleming describes to WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer.

Guests

Robin Fleming, professor and chair of the Department of History at Boston College

This segment aired on September 26, 2013.

Sacha Pfeiffer Twitter Host, All Things Considered
Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.

More…

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news