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Dawn of Freedom

The Legacy of The Souls of Black Folk

   A Centennial Celebration: 1903-2003: A SYMPOSIUM

September 25-27, 2003 / The Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Baltimore, Maryland

 

 

 Books by and about W.E.B. Du Bois

 

The Suppression of the African Slave Trade  (1896)  / The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899)  / The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches

 

 (1903)  /  John Brown (1909)  / The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911)  /  Darkwater: Voices Within the Veil (1920)  Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the

 

 Making of America (1924)  / Dark Princess: A Romance (1928)  / Black Reconstruction in America (1935) / Black Folk, Then and Now (1939)

 

Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace (1945)  / The World and Africa: An Inquiry (1947)  / In Battle for Peace (1952)

 

A Trilogy: The Ordeal of Monsart (1957) Monsart Builds a School (1959) Worlds of Color (1961) / An ABC of Color: Selections (1963)

 

Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept

The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century (1968)

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Shirley Graham Du Bois, His Day Is Marching On: A Memoir of W.E. B. Du Bois (1971)

Leslie Alexander Lacy. The Life of W.E.B. Du Bois: Cheer the Lonesome Traveler (1970)

  The Souls of Black Folk   /    A Du Bois Bibliography

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Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland will sponsor a symposium entitled "Dawn of Freedom: The Legacy of The Souls of Black Folk on September 25-27, 2003. The Du Bois Symposium is part of The Year-Round Celebration of African-American History and Culture And The College of Liberal Arts Book-of-the-Semester Program-"Coming of Age: The Search for Personal and Cultural Identity."

Morgan State University will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois's landmark sociological and cultural treatise, The Souls of Black Folk, which was published in 1903. Regarded as an indispensable resource on the "problem of the color line" in modern America, no serious research on American race relations can be complete without reference to this voice of the civil rights movement.

The symposium will take place in the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, with a display of Du Bois materials in the Morris A. Soper Library and Information Technology Center. The events are free and open to the public. 

For additional information, please call 443.885.3165 or visit www.morgan.edu/english Scholars from a variety of disciplines will discuss The Souls of Black Folk, a slender volume of fourteen essays that has redrawn the boundaries of a cultural universe. The fact that The Souls of Black Folks still stirs our imagination raises the question, however, of how and why this collection of fourteen essays published at the dawn of the twentieth century continues to resonate at the dawn of the twenty first century. 

Tentative Schedule

Monday- Friday, September 22-25, 2003

WEAA  88.9 FM: Media Sponsor Anthony McCarthy, Host of WEAA's "Daybreak," from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. will interview MSU Faculty members on The Souls of Black Folk.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall Reader's Theatre on selected passages from The Souls of Black Folk and Spirituals by Morgan State University Choir

Friday, 26 September, 2003

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Recital Hall Theatre (all events, unless otherwise noted)

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration (Coffee and Danish)

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.:  Opening Session

Dr. Burney J. Hollis, Dean College of Liberal Arts, Morgan State University

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Panel I: "Life Behind the Veil: The Contours of Black Life." Moderator: Alice Jackson, Political Science,Morgan State University

"The Souls of Black Folk: The Black Belt Revisited" James Steele, Political Science (North Carolina A & T State Univ.)

"Alexandria, Tennessee: Slumbering in the Shadows of Progress" Reavis Mitchell, Chairperson, History (Fisk University)

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Panel II: Du Bois on Education and the Idea of a University. Moderator:   Maurice St. Pierre, Chairperson Sociology and Anthropology, Morgan State University

"Du Bois and the Morgan Connection"  Glenn O. Phillips, History (Morgan State University)

"Du Bois and the Aims of Education" Otto Begus, Chairperson, Philosophy (Morgan State University)

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon (By Invitation Only)

Friday, September 26, 2003

2:00  - 3:30 p.m.

Panel III:  Aesthetics and Representation Moderator:   Ruthe T. Sheffey, English, Morgan State University

"The Intersecting Rhetorics of Art and Blackness in The Souls of Black Folk" Amy Kirschke, Art  (Vanderbilt University)

Du Bois' "Of the Coming of John," Toomer's "Kabnis" and the Dilemma of Self-Representation" Chester J. Fontenot, Jr., Benjamin W.  Griffith, Jr.  Professor of English and Chair of English (Mercer University)

Saturday, September 27, 2003

8:30 a.m. - Noon. Location: Recital Hall (all events)

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration (Coffee and Danish)

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Panel IV:  Race, Music, and Psychology in The Souls of Black Folk Moderator:   Pamela Scott Johnson, Chairperson Psychology, Morgan State University

"The Souls of Black Folk: Can a "Musical" Double-Consciousness Be Heard?" Christopher A. Brooks (Virginia Commonwealth University)

"Constructing a Psychological Perspective: The Observer and the Observed in The Souls of Black Folk" Shanette M. Harris, Psychology (University of Rhode Island)

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Panel V:  Form and Meaning in The Souls of Black Folk Moderator:  Dr. M'bare N'gom, Chairperson, Foreign Languages Morgan State University

"W.E.B. Du Bois and the Invention of the Sublime in The Souls of Black Folk Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University)

"Classical Allusions in The Souls of Black FolkCarrie Cowherd (Howard University)

11:45 a.m. - Noon:  Summary Statement Presented by The Year-Round Celebration of African-American History and Culture And The College of Liberal Arts Book-of-the-Semester Program- "Coming of Age: The Search for Personal and Cultural Identity"

Public Event - Admission Free

THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SPONSORS

The Dawn of Freedom: The Legacy of The Souls of Black

         A Centennial Celebration: 1903-2003  A SYMPOSIUM

September 25-27, 2003 The Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Morris A. Soper Library and Technology Information Center -- Du Bois Exhibit

Du Bois Portrait By Arnold Thielman, MFA Maryland Institute-College of Art Baltimore, Maryland

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Other Writings

Books

The Conservation of Races (Washington, D.C.: American Negro Academy, 1897).

Africa: Its Geography, People and Products (Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius, 1930).

Africa: Its Place in Modern History (Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius, 1930).

Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880 (New York: Holt, 1939)

W.E.B. Du Bois Speaks: Speeches and Addresses, edited by Philip S. Foner (New York: Pathfinder Press, 1970).

W.E.B. Du Bois: The Crisis Writing, editing by Daniel Walden (Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett, 1972).

The Emerging Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: Essays and Editorials From "The Crisis," edited by Henry Lee Moon (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972)

The Education of Black People: Ten Critiques, 1906-1960, edited by Herbert Aptheker (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1973.

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updated 6 October 2007

 

 

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