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"W.E.B. DuBois and Liberal Education"

September 13, 2018

Villanova University-Connelly Center



First Panel: Reading and Teaching W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk

1:00 pm, Connelly Cinema

Chair: John-Paul Spiro, Villanova University

Participants: Frances Jones-Sneed, Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts; MaryNell Morgan, SUNY Empire State College; Nadine Wedderburn, SUNY Empire State College

Second Panel: Education, Culture, and Activism

3:00 pm, Connelly Cinema

Chair: Clyde Ray, Villanova University

Participants: Mark James, Molloy College; Stephen Andrews, Grinnell College; Corey Reed, University of Memphis; Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Kazi Nazrul University/University of Massachusetts, Amherst; David Leight, Reading Area Community College

Stephen Andrews: “Of the Coming of John: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Marriage Function of Truth”

Corey Reed: “The Veil of Education between the Negro and Herself: The Epistemology of Self, Black Ontology, and the Question of Higher Education”

David Leight: “Two Most Worthy Men: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois and Their Letters to Rutherford B. Hayes”

Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha: “Educate, Agitate, and Organize: Du Bois and Ambedkar on Exploring Cosmopolitanism in a Xenophobic World”

Mark James: “Liberal Education as Resistance in the Fiction of W. E. B. Du Bois: How John Jones became Manuel Mansart”


Keynote Address: "W.E.B. Du Bois and the Reconstruction of American Democracy"

7:30 pm, Bartley 1010

Introduction: Jack Doody, Villanova University

Speaker: Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut


Please register for the conference here.  

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